PSY4314 – Research communication in cognitive neuroscience

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Course content

Dissemination and communication of research to the public constitutes one of the core functions of the university. Neuroscientists engage in conversations with society through writing, talks, and participation in media, thus benefiting various parts of our community. But communication skills also benefit scientists. Communicating your own work makes you more aware of what you are actually working on. Communicating general topics to people who are not familiar with psychology and neuroscience helps you broaden your scope, and inspires new research questions. Communicating your skills may also come in handy when applying for jobs inside and outside of academia. In this course, you will learn some of the genres of research communication and dissemination within various media, including popularized essays, op-eds, public talks and interviews. Students will read and discuss examples from various sources, from Oliver Sacks to op-eds on currents topics, then write and read each other’s texts, as well as giving talks and interview each other. The course is set up as a workshop, with a lot of student participation.  

Learning outcome

The students will learn to 1) characterize different genres of writing and oral communication 2) write about difficult scientific topics in an easy-to-read manner, 3) extend their scientific knowledge to new problems in life and society, 4) trust their own grasp of cognitive neuroscience as well as respecting their own boundaries in the face of controversy. 


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10 seminars of 2 hours each.


The examination is in the form of a term paper submission, consisting of two written papers. The students work on different written assignments during the semester, and will then choose two of these to submit at the end of the semester. 

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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