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Emotion and Cognition


Admission requirements

An introduction to Cognitive Psychology is required. For information, please contact one of the student counsellors of Psychology


This course addresses the interaction of human emotion and cognition. The first four lectures provide an overview of the basic streams in investigating and theorizing about emotions and affective processing, including evolutionary, anthropological, sociological, information-processing, and neurophysiological approaches. The remaining lectures provide examples for the application of emotion theories to issues in developmental, social and health psychology.

Course objectives

The student has gained a broad overview of classical and modern theories on emotion, and a deeper insight into how theoretical concepts and hypotheses in this area can be applied to empirical phenomena and practical problems.


Emotion and Cognition (2012-2013):

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 8 lectures and a final exam.

Assessment method

Exam: 40 multiple choice questions in English, dictionaries are permitted. Passing criterium = 27 questions correct.


Information on
Enrolling is obligatory

Reading list

  • Cornelius, R.R. (1996). The Science of Emotion. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall (available for a reduced price via Labyrint)

  • Additional articles


Exam registration

Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam

Electives students

You have to enroll for each course separately.

Contact information

Prof. dr. B. Hommel
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