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Cognition and Computation


Admission requirements

It is recommended that students have completed an introductory course in cognitive science or psychology.


Cognition and Computation is an interdisciplinary course that explores the computational nature of human cognition. The course focuses on understanding how the human mind processes information, makes decisions, and solves problems using computational approaches. Students will gain insights into the underlying mechanisms of cognition and the computational methods employed to simulate and study cognitive processes. Topics covered include perception, attention, memory, learning, language processing, decision-making, and problem-solving.

Course objectives

  • Understand the fundamental concepts and theories in cognitive psychology and computational modeling.

  • Apply computational methods to analyze and simulate cognitive processes.

  • Analyze and evaluate empirical research in the field of cognition and computation.

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about cognitive processes and computational modeling.


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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

The course will consist of a combination of lectures and take-home assignments. In-class discussions will encourage active engagement and application of concepts.

Assessment method

The final grade for this course is determined by the average of four take-home assignments. Three of these assignments will be made in groups (each 17% of final grade), one will be an individual assignment (50%). If the individual assignment has an insufficient grade (

Reading list

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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. An exemption is the fall semester for 1st year bachelor students, the student administration will enroll this group.

Please note that it is compulsory to register 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.

Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


Course coordinator: dr. ir. Roy de Kleijn


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