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psy190 - Sex and Cognition (Complete module description)
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Module label Sex and Cognition
Module code psy190
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Strüber, Daniel (Module responsibility)
Strüber, Daniel (Authorized examiners)
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology. Neuroscience students can take part on request.
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of module:
Students will acquire specific knowledge about sex differences in cognitive abilities and social
behaviours. They will be able to understand the interrelated impact of social and biological
influences on the brain’s control of the (sex-specific) behaviours. Students should be able to
critically evaluate behavioural sex differences from different perspectives and to reflect on
possible implications for society.

++ neuropsychological / neurophysiological knowledge
+ interdisciplinary kowledge & thinking
++ data presentation & discussion
++ scientific literature
+ critical & analytical thinking
++ scientific communication skills
+ group work
+ project & time management
Module contents
Part 1: Introduction to the study of sex differences (lecture): winter
The measurement of sex differences
Sex differences in emotion
Sex differences in aggression
Sex differences in cognitive abilities
Hormones, sexual differentiation, and gender identity
Sex hormones and play preferences
Sex differences in hemispheric organization
Brain size and intelligence

Part 2: Sex, brain, and behaviour (seminar): winter
Sex differences in empathy
The extreme male brain theory of autism (S. Baron-Cohen)
Sex differences in neuropsychiatric disorders
Sex differences in stress response
Social implications of sex differences
Reader's advisory
  • Diane F. Halpern (2000) Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
  • Doreen Kimura (2000) Sex and Cognition, MIT Press
  • Melissa Hines (2004) Brain Gender, Oxford University Press
  • Richard A. Lippa (2005) Gender, Nature, and Nurture, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency The module will be offered every winter term.
Module capacity 30
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Part 1: lecture; Part 2: seminar
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 WiSe 28
2 WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
during winter term
oral presentation

Required active participation for gaining credits:
participation in discussions on other presentations
attendance of at least 70% in the seminar (use attendance sheet that will be handed out in the beginning of the term).