Postgraduate course

Cognitive Neuroscience

  • ECTS credits6
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePSYCH304A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study

Master students

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The students shall have knowledge of the structural-functional relationships between cognitive processes, brain functions and their anatomical localisation. Examples of cognitive processes are cognitive control, language, and attention. The students shall also have an understanding of new methods for investigating brain functions such as neuroimaging as well as methods based on electrophysiological measurements.

Course programme:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations of ERP and fMRI laboratories

Learning Outcomes

The students shall be familiar with the neurobiological basis and the functional-structural relationship of:

  • Visual and auditory perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Functional and structural asymmetry/laterality
  • Language
  • Executive functions & cognitive control

The students shall also have an understanding of neurocognitive methods, such as:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Event-related potentials (ERP)

Required Previous Knowledge

Introductory course to Psychology

Biological Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Due to the limited number of spaces available and special entry requirements, admission to the course is limited.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures and Lab-Demonstrations

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Participation in lab demonstration of the ERP and fMRI labs
  • A multiple choice examination

Forms of Assessment

Before the course can be approved the student is required to have participated in the lab demonstrations and have passed a multiple choice examination.

The final examination is a 3 hours written school exam, which is assessed by the grading scale A-F.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Accessable on "Mitt UiB".

Course Evaluation

The instruction provided is evaluated at least once a semester at the initiative of the course arranger. The students prepare a written report, which is discussed with the course arranger before it is sent to the Faculty of Biological and Medical Psychology.


Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.


Contact Information

Information Centre: tel. (+47) 55 58 27 10.

E-mail: studieveileder.psyfa@uib.no