2023-2024 / PSYC5928-1

Cognitive neurosciences


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Christine Bastin, Fabienne Collette, Arnaud D'Argembeau, Christel Devue, Steve Majerus, Martine Poncelet


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

This multi-teacher class provides an introduction into the main concepts that define cognitive neurosciences, by presenting a broad panorama of the theoretical questions and the methods of this research discipline. The class privileges a multidisciplinary approach that characterizes cognitive neurosciences, and considers the interactions between brain and cognition both in healthy and brain injured populations. 
The following domains will be covered:
Visual cognition
Working memory
Long-term episodic and semantic memory
Cognitive control
Social cognition and decision taking

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The student will get familiarized with the main topics and methodologies of cognitive neurosciences.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, physiology of the nervous system

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- Lectures

- Consolidation of the learning subjects via additional reading


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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Recommended reading:

Cognitive Neuroscience - 5th Edition -- Marie T. Banich, University of Colorado Boulder, Rebecca J. Compton, Haverford College, Pennsylvania - ISBN: 9781108926386


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Additional information:

Written exam : open ended questions on specific experiments or requiring the synthetic presentation of a specific topic presented in the course


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Association of one or more MOOCs