psy181 - Neurocognition (Complete module description)

psy181 - Neurocognition (Complete module description)

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Module label Neurocognition
Modulkürzel psy181
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
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (module responsibility)
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology.
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of module:
Students should be able to recognize and critically evaluate the value of considering
neuroscience in the study of psychological topics.

++ neuropsychological / neurophysiological knowledge
++ interdisciplinary kowledge & thinking
++ data presentation & discussion
++ scientific literature
+ scientific communication skills
+ group work
Module contents
Students will first acquire a general understanding of the brain mechanisms of different cognitive
functions and the methods used to study these functions. They will then apply this knowledge by
discussing current research topics (part 1). Knowledge will be transferred to the relation
between the development of the human brain and the cognitive processes it supports (part 2).

Part 1: Introduction to cognitive neuroscience (lecture and seminar): winter
Brain and cognition, methods of cognitive neuroscience
Attention, learning and memory
Emotional and social behaviour
Language, executive functions

Part 2: Neurocognitive development (seminar): summer
Brain development and cortical plasticity
Effects of early-life stress on brain development
Development of object recognition, social cognition, memory, and executive functions
  • Ward (2019) The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology Press
  • Nelson, Haan & Thomas (2006) Neuroscience of Cognitive Development: The Role of Experience and the Developing Brain, Wiley & Sons
  • Johnson (2011) Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 3rd ed., Wiley-Blackwell.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency Part 1 will be offered every winter term, part 2 every summer term.
Module capacity 20 (
Part 1 (lecture and seminar) are unrestricted, part 2 is restricted to 20 students.
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Part 1: lecture and seminar; Part 2: seminar
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 1 WiSe 14
Seminar 3 SoSe und WiSe 42
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
The module will be tested with a written exam of 2 h duration on the contents of part 1.

Required active participation for gaining credits:
1 presentation participation in discussions on other presentations
attendance of at least 70% in both seminars within one semester (will be checked in StudIP).