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Cognitive Neuroscience of Language


Admission requirements

Previous knowledge of cognitive neuroscience and/or psycho- and neurolinguistics and basic descriptive/inferential statistics is desirable.


This course covers neural models of language processing in healthy and language-impaired adults. Also, methods to study language processing in the human brain are discussed. Specifically, neural models of speech perception and production, language comprehension and production, bilingualism and language disorders are covered. The goal of the course is to gain knowledge about methods and theoretical models and controversies in cognitive neuroscience of language and to be able to critically evaluate methods and models in cognitive neuroscience of language. The course is suitable for students interested in the relationship between language processing and the human brain.

Course objectives

Learning goals:

(1) The student is able to describe basic neuroanatomical structures involved in language processing (2) The student is able to compare basic methods in cognitive neuroscience (3) The student is able to analyze models in cognitive neuroscience of language


The timetable is available on the website of the MA Linguistics

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Course Load

10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours*

Attending lectures: 12 x 2 = 24
Prepare presentation: 16
Prepare and write proposal: 68
Studying literature: 170 hours (850 pages), about on average 70 pages per lecture.
Exam: 2

*For students who do not fulfil the desired entry requirements above, study load can be expected to be higher.

Assessment method

Every lecture (except the first two) starts with a mini-test about the study material corresponding to the weekly topic. The average grade of the best 9 out of 10 mini tests + the final exam will count for 60% of the grade. Mini-tests will consist of 3 multiple choice questions with four answer categories. The final test will consist of 22 multiple choice questions and two open questions about all obligatory literature (i.e., including anatomy and methods). In total 108 points gain be gained for the mini-tests + exams, with the threshold to pass (i.e., grade 6) set to 67 points.
-Each student gives a presentation about a weekly topic which is graded by the lecturers (75%) and the students (25%), which will count for 10% of the grade. See blackboard for the grading criteria.
-Students write a research proposal about one of the topics covered during the course, that will count for 30% of the final grade. See blackboard for the grading criteria.

Each of the components above (mini-tests, final exam, presentation, proposal) is obligatory to pass.

Only the exam can be resited

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:
Communication with the students

Reading list

Selected Chapters from Kemmerer (2015). Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. New York: Psychology Press.
Chapters will be supplemented with obligatory supplementary papers.


The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand.

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Contact information

Dr. J. Witteman
Dr. L. Pablos-Robles

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof