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Cognitive Aging


Admission requirements

Master students specialisation Applied Cognitive Psychology


This course aims at giving insight in normal changes of information processing in aging people. These changes are studied from the point of view of aging processes in the brain. Main theories, methods and experimental findings will be presented.


  • brain

  • perception, attention and action

  • working memory and control

  • emotions, motivation, personality

  • higher cognition, language, memory

  • pathology and healthy aging

  • applications

Course objectives

  • students will master the current research literature on cognitive aging;

  • students will be able to reflect on and address questions on neurocognitive aging from the perspective of a researcher in the field.


Cognitive Aging (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

Seminars (8), each consisting of 1 hour lecture and 1 hour work group

Assessment method

Presentation (25%), exam (50%), participation in discussions (25%)

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Information on

Reading list

Set of articles


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Dr. G. Band
Room 2A47
Tel: 071-5273998