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psy210 - Applied Cognitive Psychology (Complete module description)
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Module label Applied Cognitive Psychology
Modulkürzel psy210
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Rieger, Jochem (Module responsibility)
Rieger, Jochem (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology. Neuroscience students can take part on request.
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of the module:
Students will gain an overview of theories of (Neuro)Cognitive Psychology with potential for
application. On completion of this module students should have a repertoire of cognitive
psychology concepts relevant for real world situations, be able to transfer the learned theoretical
concepts into practical contexts and evaluate potential issues arising in the process of

++ Neuropsychological / neurophysiological knowledge
+ interdisciplinary kowledge & thinking
+ experimental methods
+ scientific literature
+ ethics / good scientific practice / professional behavior
+ critical & analytical thinking
+ scientific communication skills
+ knowledge transfer
Module contents
The module will cover core concepts of cognitive psychology, their neuronal basis, basic
knowledge of neuroimaging and data analysis techniques. Special emphasis will be put on
research aiming at complex real-world settings and translation of basic science in to practice.
Examples of successful transfers will be analyzed. The lecture provides the theoretical basis. In
the seminar the material is consolidated by examples from the literature which will be presented,
critically analyzed and discussed.

Part 1: (Neuro)Cognitive Psychology in the wild I (lecture): summer
  • Neurocognitive Psychology with emphasis in real world context
  • Methodological considerations: Generalization, validity of theories and research methods
  • Information uptake and representation: Sensation, perception, categorization
  • Selection of information and capacity: Attention and memory enhancement and failure
  • Generation and communication: Language, reading, dyslexia
  • Pursuing goals: Thinking, problem solving and acting
Part 2: (Neuro)Cognitive Psychology in the wild II (seminar): winter
In the accompanying seminar we will work through recent examples in the literature for topics of
the lecture. The goal is to apply novel knowledge from the lecture to understand and critically
discuss actual research approaches.
  • Esgate, A. (2004) An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psychology Press
  • Sternberg, RJ and Sternberg, K. (2011) Cognitive Psychology, Wadsworth
  • Ward (2010) The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology Press
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency Part 1 will be offered every summer term, part 2 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: 1 lecture (2 SWS); Part 2: 1 seminar (2 SWS)
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 SoSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
last class in summer term
The module will be evaluated with a written exam of 2 hours duration.

Required active participation for gaining credits:
1-2 presentations participation in discussions on other presentations
attendance of at least 70% in the seminar (will be checked in StudIP).