Introduction Cognitive Psychology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BKI110A
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Artificial Intelligence;
Contactperson for the course
L.E.C. Jacques
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.M. McQueen
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.M. McQueen
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER1  (03/09/2018 to 04/11/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basic theoretical concepts in cognitive psychology
  • Describe central methodological approaches in cognitive psychology
  • Describe classic and influential findings in cognitive psychology
The course will provide Artificial Intelligence students with a general introduction to cognitive psychology. The course will cover major theories, methods and results in three main domains: perception, attention, and memory. Specific questions include: How do we humans perceive colour? How do we recognise objects in the visual world? How do we shift attention from one part of a visual scene to another? How do we learn and remember facts, or autobiographical details of our own lives? Understanding the answers to questions such as these about human cognition provides a foundation for addressing related questions about artificial intelligence systems later in the curriculum. Four main approaches will be introduced: experimental cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience and computational cognitive science. The course therefore also introduces the relation between cognitive processes and underlying brain processes, in preparation for the cognitive neuroscience course that follows in the curriculum: Brain for AI (SOW-BKI108).

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Test information
One examination at the end of the course, with keyword and short-answer open questions.
There will be one exam at the end of the first period and the resit will take place at the end of the second period.

There are no special prerequisites.

Contact information
Prof. dr. J.M. McQueen, T: 024-3612608, E:

Required materials
Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T., Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook. Taylor & Francis, 7th edition.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2