Cognitive Psychology 2.



Type of instruction






Recommended in

4, 5 semester

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

To review the most important experimental methods and paradigms of cognitive psychology in the topics of perception, attention, cognitive control, learning, memory, language, thinking and problem solving. The presented exparimental paradigms and the tasks are also useful help for successfully cpmpleting the comprehensive exam.

Learning outcome, competences

  •  acknowledgeing the genral structure and reason of designing experiments
  •  introduction to basic experimental paradigms
  •  undertanding the imponrtance of making experiments


  •  realization of the importance of experimental methods


  •  understanding the methodological part of scientific papers
  •  acquitition of the skill of understanding the visually represented results
  •  acquisition of a critical and alanytic attitude

Content of the course
Topics of the course

      1. Introduction & how to write a research report
      2. Vision: faces and complex patterns
      3. Auditory attention: localization
      4. Learning: creating habits
                  1st Homework deadline (Introduction)
      5. Working memory
      6. Declarative memory
                  2nd Homework deadline (Method)
     7. Midterm
     8. Categorization
     9. Decision making
                3rd Homework deadline (Results)
    10. Intentionality
    11. Cognitive control
                4th Homework deadline (Abstract)
    13. Final exam/ Midterm re-take
    Deadline of re-take homework
    14. Final exam re-take/Closure

Learning activities, learning methods

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

  •  Written exams (midterm+final)

      2 x 25 = 50 points

  •  Presentations (10-15 min)

    10 points
    presentation about the theoretical background of the actual class, paired work

  •  Homework

   4 x 5 = 20 points
   short (approx. half page) written summaries of different parts of experiments (theoretical background, description of methods, results, abstract)
   Two from each part, only the better one will count in the end of the semester
   Deadline: see the detailed syllabus

  •  Final paper

   20 points
   full lab report: short (1-2 pages) written summary of one individually chosen experiment: introduction, stimuli, methods, results, discussion, references
   Regular attendance, max. 3 misses (except the first practice)


Reading list

Compulsory reading list

  •  Sekuler, R., & Blake, R. (2006). Perception. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  •  Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M. W., & Anderson, M. C. (2009). Memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
  •  Eysenck, M. W., & Keane, M. T. (2005). Cognitive Psychology. A Student’s Handbook. 4th Edition. Hove; New York: Psychology Press.

  Recommended reading list

  •  Atkinson & Hilgard’s Instroduction to psychology. 15th edition. (2015). Cengage Learning.
  •  Baddeley, A. D. (1997). Human memory: Theory and practice. Psychology Press.