Cognitive Psychology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BKI134
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Artificial Intelligence;
prof. dr. J.M. McQueen
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H.J. Schriefers
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
PER2  (02/11/2020 to 24/01/2021)
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 (SOW-BKI136).

Presumed foreknowledge
There are no special prerequisites.
Test information
The examination will consist of two parts:
  • Part 1, at the end of the course (January 2021), with keyword (fill-in-the-blank) questions and multiple choice questions, and
  • Part 2 with take-home assignments (deadline for submission 23 December 2020).
The final grade will be determined on the basis of the sum of the number of points obtained in Parts 1 and 2 (more details can be found on the course’s Brightspace site). The resit will take place at the end of the third period.
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Students who are enrolled for a course are also provisionally registered for the exam. Pay attention: participation in the exam is only possible if all relevant conditions laid down in the EER are met. Students who, after being checked are found not to meet these conditions, shall be excluded from the exam. In that case participation is possible on special grounds and with a permit written by the student counselor. 

Re-examination: register at ( until five days prior to the date of the exam.

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Required materials
Title:Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook
Author:Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T.
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3