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Cognitive Neuroscience


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


Cognitive neuroscience traditionally studies cognitive psychological processes, such as perception, action, emotion, consciousness, memory, decision making and attention in humans from different angles and disciplines. The aim of cognitive neuroscience is to examine mechanisms in the nervous system and cognitive models that can explain these human functions. This is achieved using techniques, knowledge and modelling from biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, pathology, behavioural psychology, and informatics. In this course, students will learn new insights with regard to how humans process information and how this is relevant for artificial intelligence.

Course objectives

  • Acquire current knowledge about the neuroscientific basis of cognitive processes.

  • Writing a scientific report to relate this neuroscientific knowledge to artificial intelligence.


The most updated version of the timetables can be found on the students' website:

Timetable Artificial Intelligence

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For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

14 Lectures and 14 workgroups.

Assessment method

The final grade for this course will be an average of:

  • A written exam (partly open essay questions, and parly multiple choice) – weight 60%

  • A lab report – weight 40%
    The minimal grade for both the exam and the paper is 5.0 and the weighted average must be higher than 5.5 in order to pass this course.

Reading list

Ward, J., The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. Psychology Press (2019) 4th Edition.
ISBN: 9781138490543 (paperback)


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.
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Dr. David A. Vogelsang
Email: Education coordinator LIACS bachelors


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