2017-2018 / PSYC0909-2

Cognitive neuroscience (Part 1: founding principles)


60h Th

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Christine Bastin, Serge Brédart, Fabienne Collette, Arnaud D'Argembeau, Steve Majerus, Martine Poncelet


Steve Majerus

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

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
- Active learning via lab workshops and lab visits

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

Postle, B. (2015). Essentials of cognitive neuroscience. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam + portfolio (workshops)

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Lab workshops organized during 1st quadrimester



Items online

lecture notes