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Cognitive Psychology

  • Duration: Full semester
  • Spring semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 10 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 15 October

About the course

The course in Cognitive Psychology offers a general introduction and key topics in cognitive processes that are involved and affected by, among others, perception, attention, memories, and language, and how these processes are distributed in the brain.

Major topics include attention, automatic and controlled processes effects on behaviors, memory processes and systems, decision-making, problem solving, language, and cognitive disorders. The course also involved key topics that cover cognitive processes in procrastination, pain perceptions, and cognitive strategies in self and emotion regulation. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of classical issues and current trends in cognitive psychology, and how these processes influence daily behaviors.



Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, practical exercises and assessments, problem solving, collaborative learning, case-based learning, supervision.


Coursework requirements

Mandatory participation in seminars/experimental research in Cognitive Psychology and a group based presentation (in English) based on the experimental research conducted.
Students will critically analyze current research findings and integrate new theoretical aspects into their learning. Students are required to carry out and submit a group research project based on empirical data collection, including ethical considerations. Students will submit an English journal format paper detailing the research project, procedure, and results.


Form of assessment

Comprehensive multiple choice exam (30%)
Home written examination on key topics (70%)



To view the curriculum for PSY2302 Cognitive Psychology, please search here. Do notice that the curriculum might not be ready until a few weeks prior to the official semester start.

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Learning outcome

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge objectives:

  • Theoretical approaches and explanations of cognitive processes
  • Measurement and research methods within cognitive psychology
  • Assessment of specific cognitive functions
  • How individual differences, experience, and/or disorders affect cognitive processes

Skills objectives:

  • Explain terminology and theoretical approaches within cognitive psychology
  • Discuss theories and empirical research findings analytically and critically
  • Develop an understanding and use of measurement tools for cognitive processes
  • Plan, implement, analyze, and report research findings in cognitive research

General competence:

  • Know the concepts of Cognitive Psychology
  • Understand the interplay and interaction between biological, psychological, and social factors on cognitive processes
  • Be able to communicate in the factors, both physiological and social, that influence cognitive process
  • Be able to measure and report on specific cognitive functions
  • Be able to produce research projects within Cognitive Psychology

Admission requirements

Application deadline: 15 October


Required prerequisites

PSY1005 Introduction to general psychology and the history of psychology, PSY 1007 Social Psychology, PSY2201 Developmental Psychology, PSY2203 Psychological Research Methods II, PSY2204 Personality Psychology


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Free for exchange students