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Psychophysiology: relationships between psychological and physiological processes

The aim of the course is to provide a deeper understanding of psychophysiology and its focus on understanding the relationship between psychological and physiological processes.

Psychophysiology examines the physiological correlates of human experience and behaviour. Physiological measures are used to further our understanding of psychological processes and to test psychological theories.

The course will cover measures that are typically used and accessible in psychology.

  • Course structure

    As a registered student on this course you will find detailed course information and communication in the learning platform Athena. Login with your university account.

    This course will be given in the first half of the semester, half-time studies.

    Course syllabus:  Psychophysiology, 7,5 credits. Autumn 2021 (29 Kb)

    Teaching format

    The course consists of lectures and seminars.

    Course requirements/mandatory parts:

    (a) Active participation in the seminars

    (b) Lead role in presentation and discussion of seminar topics.

    Seminar and lecture attendance is mandatory.

    For a maximum of 20% of the lectures and seminars, absence can be compensated with a completion of an oral or written assignment during the course period. This assignment must be completed within one month after the missed lecture or seminar. If the final seminar is missed, an extra seminar is offered within the course period.

    All teaching is in English.

    Expected learning outcomes

    To pass the course, the student should be able to:

    • read and comprehend advanced scientific publications in psychophysiology.
    • describe and explain orally and in writing different methods within psychophysiology.
    • describe, analyze, integrate, and discuss the current literature on a topic within psychophysiology.


    The examination is based on active seminar participation and seminar presentations. The examination also includes a term paper (review paper) and its oral presentation. The paper needs to be grounded in psychophysiological methods and theories.

    The exam is in English.


    Course leader: Professor Stefan Wiens,

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    A complete list of course readings is found in the course syllabus.

    The list is subject to change until two months prior to the start of the course. In case the new course syllabus is missing on this page by then, please check with the course leader before you buy any expensive books etc.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    This course is offered as an elective course in the International two-year master’s program in psychology, 120 credits.

    The course will be offered only if enough students register.

    Please contact the student office if you want to take this course.

  • Contact

    Registered students should primarily use Athena for teacher communication.

    To contact the Student office or a Student Councellor, see below.

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    Student office - Master's level
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