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;
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dr. J.A.M. Holler
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dr. J.A.M. Holler
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.A.M. Holler
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prof. dr. J.M. McQueen
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dr. L.E.C. Miller
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Academic year2023
PER2  (06/11/2023 to 26/01/2024)
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 2024), with keyword (fill-in-the-blank) questions and multiple choice questions, and
  • Part 2 with Take Home Assignments (deadlines for submission will be announced on Brightspace in October and during the course introduction/first lecture).
The final grade will be determined on the basis of the sum of the number of points obtained in Parts 1 and 2. Take Home Assignments 1, 2 and 3: pass or fail
Completing the THAs is part of the end grade, contributing 10 points to the total grade. The criterion for this is that all three THAs need to have been passed. That is, if all three are completed successfully, then 10 points will be awarded. 0 points will be awarded for the THA component if any one of them (or more) are not completed successfully.
The 10 points from the THA are combined with the exam points. This means students will need minimally 24/50 points (i.e. 24 of 50 questions answered correctly) on the exam to pass (resulting in 24 + 10 = 34/60 = .566). This means that in terms of percentages, the THAs constitute 17% of the final grade (10/60), and the exam 83% (50/60).
Students need to pass the exam and all three Take Home Assignments to make the end grading valid. It is not possible to pass the course based on a high grade in the exam alone.

Both exam and THAs will have a resit option (dates will be published on Brightspace nearer the time).

Grades for the THAs, for the exam and for the final grade are published in Osiris.

Please sign up for any course at (, it is obligatory.

Students who are enrolled for a course are also provisionally registered for the exam. 

Resit: Manually register at ( until five working days prior to the date of the exam. No delayed registration is possible. 

We urge you to always read the course information on Brightspace. 
Required materials
Title:Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook
Author:Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T.
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

On-campus lectures will take place on two days during the week during period 2 (14 session in total).

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

Test weight0
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3