COG Introduction to Cognitive Science

Course content

The course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of contemporary cognitive models of the mind. The course trains students’ ability to describe and explain the various research designs used by cognitive scientists and the relationship between experimental designs and cognitive models. The aim is for students to acquire competencies in demonstrating an adequate understanding of experimental designs, understanding and critically assessing contemporary research in a given domain of cognitive science, and independently presenting and arguing in favour of relevant positions in writing.

The course is divided into three main parts. The first part introduces students to general methodologies and methodological discussions in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, the second part introduces students to a number of core topics in cognitive science (e.g., perception, attention, memory, communication, and cognitive architecture), and the last part consists of practical lab exercises and introduction to basic statistical analysis. The weekly schedule for the last three weeks with lab exercises will be special


The Master’s Programme in Cognition and Communication, 2024-curriculum: 

Introduction to Cognitive Science 



Learning outcome

The academic targets for the course are:

At the examination, the student can demonstrate: Knowledge and understanding of • contemporary models of cognitive phenomena such as perception, action, attention, reasoning, emotion, social cognition and communication. • ways in which cognitive processes and human behaviour can be described and explained at various levels (ranging from descriptions of cognitive tasks to neurobiological implementation). • the interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science and its different frameworks - from classical computational model and connectionism to situated and embodied approaches. • various research designs used in cognitive science research. • key notions in contemporary philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. Skills in • describing and explaining how insights from cognitive science may have relevance for communication. • describing and explaining the various research designs and modelling tools used in cognitive science. • describing and explaining the relationship between experimental design, experimental manipulations, and cognitive models. Competencies in • critically assessing contemporary research in a given domain of cognitive science. • independently presenting and arguing in favour of various academic positions in writing.

The course involves both weekly lectures, seminars and scheduled group work. The method of instruction is a mixture between lectures, class discussion, group work, group presentations, and writing exercises.

The course literature consists of introductory textbooks in cognitive science and classic and new research papers.

No background in psychology or cognitive science is assumed.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Oral exam on basis of previous submission
Type of assessment details
Form of exam: Oral exam, optional subject, with material.
Scope: 30 minutes incl. 5 minutes of assessment. The material is a report of
21-25 standard pages.
Exam registration requirements

The active class participation consists of: • Minimum 75% class attendance • Approval of three exercises (form and extend are described in the course description at • Student peer feedback on two of the exercises.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

January 2025


February 2025

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Study Board of Communication
Contracting department
  • Department of Communication
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Jelle Bruineberg   (10-6676796d72696669766b446c7971326f7932686f)

Jelle Bruineberg

Saved on the 21-05-2024

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