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Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory


Admission requirements

Research Master Students


This course is intended to review and discuss state-of-the-art developments in the cognitive neuroscience of human memory. The selection of topics can change from year to year but will focus on the neuroscientific analysis of short- and long-term memory processes. Each course meeting aims to provide a deeper insight into the theoretical background of a current research interest—with an emphasis on controversies—and will be based on one or two publications, which either review a substantial body of recent research or make strong statements reflecting the different perspectives on the particular controversial issue.

On the basis of further reading assignments, each student will orally present a topic (using Powerpoint), and stimulate further discussion in the group. On the basis of the seminar meetings, each student will prepare an essay, which consists of a critical review of the literature relevant to the chosen topic, and recommendations for future research.

Course objectives

State of the art knowledge on cognitive neuroscience of memory and the role of memory in other cognitive processes


Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

Seminar, 8 meetings

Assessment method

  • Active participation and oral presentation (40%)

  • take-home exam (30%)

  • essay (30%)

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Reading list

Book: “Memory: from mind to molecules“ by Squire & Kandel
Papers: links will be provided on blackboard


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place in August 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place in 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. Mischa de Rover (Coordinator)
Room 2-A41
Phone 071-5276754