Communication in Cognitive Neuroscience
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Course moduleSOW-DGCN28
Credits (ECTS)6
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
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prof. dr. P. Hagoort
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dr. J.F.M. Jehee
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dr. J.F.M. Jehee
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dr. J.F.M. Jehee
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dr. J.F.M. Jehee
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Academic year2021
JAAR  (06/09/2021 to 15/07/2022)
Starting block
Course mode
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Science is not only about having ideas, but also about communicating ideas. In this course, you will work on your communication skills to different audiences and in different formats. An ability to clearly communicate your ideas appropriately to your audience is crucial for a future career both as a scientist and outside of academia.You will learn to shape your communication to a) your audience (lay audience, editors, prospective employers, your peers),  b) your aims (enthuse, argue a point, sell your work, inform) and c) the format (written, oral).
You will work together with the other students and lecturers to evaluate each other’s performance to help you think critically about your own work. This course is set up so that you will learn through discussions, practical assignments and peer feedback. Rather than through a final exam, you will learn and be tested throughout this course by completing  a number of assignments, to assess how well you are able to communicate to different audiences, with different purposes, and in different formats.
These assignments include writing reviews of submitted papers, writing essays about central topics in cognitive neuroscience, giving presentations, debating ideas, writing application letters, etcetera. After completion of this course, you will understand the general rules and guidelines of various forms of academic communication, and will be able to use these to appropriately communicate and present your scientific ideas.

NOTE: The students who attended less than 75% of the meetings, will not pass the course.


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Recommended materials
The materials are pdf-files of papers, made available on Brightspace and via email.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

The format of this course is that of assignments. Students will be assigned a number of exercises, including reviewing papers, making posters, presenting their research plans. The course will be given in biweekly meetings throughout the whole MSc-period. Evaluation is based on the oral and written assignments, and participation in the discussions. Evaluation criteria include how well the message addresses the target audience, how clearly the message itself is conveyed, and the order in which content is presented (e.g. structure/ layout of text and/or slides).

Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Final grade
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR