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Admission requirements

An introduction to Cognitive Psychology is required. For information contact the study advisers of Psychology.


Consciousness is one of the most colourful concepts in science. Even though it is still difficult to say what consciousness actually is (the philosophical question), there is quite some progress regarding the issue of how consciousness works (the psychological question). This course will discuss theories and findings on the function and malfunction of consciousness and address issues such as whether free will is an illusion, whether animals and robots are conscious, how conscious processes are neurally generated, and how drugs, dreams, and meditation affect conscious experience

Course objectives

The student has gained a broad overview of classical and modern theories on consciousness, and a deeper insight into how theoretical concepts and hypotheses in this area can be applied to empirical phenomena and practical problems.


Consciousness (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 8 lectures and a final exam.

Assessment method

Final exam: 40 multiple choice questions in English. Dictionaries are permitted.
Passing criterium=27 questions correct


Information on

Reading list

Blackmore, S. (2010). Consciousness: An introduction. Hodder & Stoughton.


Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam

Contact information

Prof. Dr. B. Hommel
Room 2B05