Cognitive Psychology 1.



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

3, 4 semester

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The main objective of the course is to give an overview on the theoretical frames of cognitive psychology, with it’s basic concepts. As cognitive processes serve as basics for all human behavior, also it’s problems influence wellbeing and social relations, especially important to deliver a comprehensive overview for students.

Learning outcome, competences

  •  Basic concepts of cognitive psychology
  •  Theories of perception, memory and thinking, including current research trends and their outputs
  •  Relations of cognitive mechanisms and their malfunctioning


  •  Ability to understand and ask questions in relation to the functioning of mind,
  •  Utilisation of knowledge in scientific communication, presentation


  •  Skills af applying main methods
  •  Skills of identifying a nd segmenting basic psychological mechanisms  

Content of the course
Topics of the course
 13-14 weeks, 2x2 hours weekly fo each following topic set:

            1. Introduction – sensation, psychophysics, perception, mental representations
            2. Perception and attention; selective attention visual perception
            3. Hearing: auditory attention and speech perception
            4. Learning: basic concepts, implicit learning
            5. Motor behavior, spatial orientation, sensomotor integration
            6. Cognitive control: automatic and controlled attentional processes, central executive, working memory. Consciousness and control processes
            7. Memory systems: theories and models
            8. Knowledge, remembering and forgetting
            9. Episodic and autobiographical memories
           10. Concepts, categorization
           11. Psycholinguistics
           12. Language and thought
           13. Social cognition and theory of mind

Learning activities, learning methods
Lectures and interactive discussions

Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:

  •  Reliable basic knowledge in the domain of cognitive psychology

 mode of evaluation: written exam


 criteria of evaluation:

  •  Knowledge on basic concepts and the skill of utilizing the theoretical modells and basic methods of cognitive psychology adequately

Reading list

Compulsory reading list

  •  Atkinson and Hilgard (2014): Introduction to Psychology.Cahpetrs--- 15th Edition, UK
  •  The content of lectures

Recommended reading list

  •  Eysenck, M., Keane, M.T. (2015): Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook, 7th Edition. Psychology Press, London