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Language and Communication


Entry requirements

Only open to students that are admitted to the Minor Brain and Cognition.


This course covers basic neural models of language processing in healthy and language-impaired adults. Also, language acquisition of the mother tongue is discussed. Specifically, neural models of speech perception and production, bilingualism and language disorders are covered. Neuroanatomy and methods in cognitive neuroscience necessary to understand these topics will be briefly reviewed


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe basic neuroscientific models of language processing;

  • Describe the difference between language and communication.

Mode of Instruction

8 2-hour seminars


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme. Always keep an eye on Blackboard and check with your course coordinator for potential changes. Psychology timetables Lectures Exam


Written examination

Reading list

  • Ward, J., The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. Psychology Press (2015) 3rd Edition

  • PDF links on Brightspace

Contact information

For your questions about the overall minor organisation, please contact the coordinator of the minor in Brain and Cognition
For your questions about registration, contact the OSC
For questions about the content of the course, please contact the course coordinator Dr. J. Witteman