2023-2024 / PSYC1108-2

Theoretical developments in cognitive psychology


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Christel Devue

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

In this course, we will address a particular theme in cognitive psychology and neuroscience and develop a deep theoretical understanding of the subject, via the complementary contributions of different neuroscientific tools.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students will be able to:


- Focus in depth on the theory around a specific theme;


- Search and read the scientific literature critically and identify unresolved questions;


- Apply knowledge in methodology to imagine an experimental design that will address novel theoretical questions;


- Outline hypotheses and predictions relative to the experiment they have imagined.


- Deliver constructive feedback to peers and display benevolent curiosity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Psychology of cognition and language (PSYC5868-1 and PSYC5870)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The teaching will be based on readings, group presentations and discussions, and report/summaries writing.
The exact organization of the course will be determined according to the number of students enrolled.

Recommended or required readings

Scientific papers in English.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Evaluation will be based on oral presentations and written assignments.

Attendance is mandatory. Each unexcused absence will thus be penalized by the loss of 5% of the maximum possible grade (i.e., one point out of 20 per missed session). In case of unavoidable absence (e.g.: illness), please contact the teacher as soon as possible. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Detailed schedulde will be determined based on the number of students.


Christel Devue

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