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Cognitive Neuroscience of Language


Admission requirements

Previous knowledge of cognitive neuroscience and/or psycho- and neurolinguistics is desirable.


The course is about the neuroscientific processing of language comprehension and production in adult speakers (e.g. auditory and visual word recognition, reading, understanding speech, discourse comprehension, representation of word meaning, language production). It also covers damage to the linguistic processing system such as different forms of aphasia (e.g. dyslexia, anomia, etc.) and bilingualism. That is, most areas of psycho- and neurolinguistics will be touched upon, mainly from a cognitive neuroscience perspective.

Course objectives

Students with basic knowledge in psycho- and neurolinguistics should be able to extend and deepen their knowledge in the areas of language acquisition, comprehension and production, especially regarding the neuroscientific aspects of those areas.

Mode of instruction

2-hour weekly seminar


This course is offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences. For the timetable, see their page.

Assessment method

PowerPoint presentation in class plus final written exam plus paper.



Reading list

Harley, T.A. The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory, Third edition, Hove and New York: Psychology Press, 2008.
Additional articles will be announced during the course.

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