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Trends in cognition

The overall aim of the course is to provide the participants with advanced knowledge and an understanding of current research in cognitive psychology.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

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The course covers central themes and perspectives within cognition, as well as key trends and phenomena at the interdisciplinary front lines of cognitive science.

The thematic content of the course, which usually receives limited attention in basic cognitive psychology courses, includes outstanding issues in cognitive psychology. For example, the content may include subjects such as affective cognition, evolutionary psychology, comparative cognition, cognitive training, metacognition and situated cognition.

  • 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.

    Course syllabus: Trends in cognition, 7,5 credits. Spring 2020.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of seminars.

    Course requirements/Mandatory components:

    • Submission of seminar questions;
    • Active participation in the seminars;
    • Responsibility for a seminar presentation and discussion.

    Seminar attendance is mandatory.

    The language of instruction is English and/or Swedish.

    For more detailed information, please refer to the course description.

    Learning outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

    describe and analyse central theoretical and empirical issues in cognitive psychology with a focus on some of the outstanding issues in the field;

    orally describe, analyse and critically reflect on broader theories and methods in cognitive science.


    The course is examined continuously through the submission of seminar questions, active participation in the seminars, and a seminar presentation.

    Examination will be conducted in English and/or Swedish according to the course teacher’s instructions.


    Course leaders: Professor Timo Mäntylä,, and Professor Jonas Olofsson,

  • 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 above by then, please check with the course leader before you buy any expensive books etc.

  • 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 administration 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 and PhD Studies
    Study councellor - Master's level