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Introduction to Linguistics and to Neurocognitive Psychology


Entry requirements

Only open to students that are admitted to the Minor Brain and Cognition. During the introduction, only students with a background in sciences (such as Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Bio-pharmaceutical Sciences) have to take this course.

The objective of this first part of the minor is to ensure that students from different backgrounds will have the same level of relevant background knowledge, as far as possible.


This course is a general introduction in cognitive science, focusing on psycho- and neurolinguistics and cognitive psychology. We will discuss the functioning and dysfunctioning of general coginitive abilities, and their neuronal implementation in the brain. Topics that will be treated are perception, attention, memory, action control and language. Basic linguistic concepts will be addressed, as well as language acquisition and language pathology.

Introduction in psycho- en neurolinguistics (4 classes):
1. Psycho- en neurolinguistic studies on language production (Schiller)
2. Psycho- en neurolinguistic studies on language perception (Schiller)
3. Child language acquisition I (Levelt)
4. Child language acquisition II (Levelt)

Introduction in cognitive psychology (5 classes):
1. Introduction, history and methods (Gerritsen)
2. Perception and attention (TBA)
3. Learning and memory (TBA)
4. Motor system (Gerritsen)
5. Control functions (Gerritsen)

Course objectives

  • The student will gain knowledge about the basic concepts of cognitive science, more specifically of cognitive psychology and psycho- and neurolinguistics.

  • The student understands the most important research questions in these fields.

  • The student will be able to follow the advanced modules on cognitive psychology and psycho- and neurolinguistics in the minor Brain and Cognition.


The schedule below has been made in August 2016 and is subject to change. Always check your uSis course overview and double check with your course coordinator if below times and locations have not been changed.


5 September 2016 – 13.30 – 17.30 – LUMC: CZ-2 6 September 2016 – 15.30 – 17.30 – LUMC: CZ-3 7 September 2016 – 13.30 – 15.30 – LUMC: CZ-4 8 September 2016 – 15.30 – 17.30 – LUMC: CZ-4 12 September 2016 - 8.30 - 10.30 - LUMC - CZ-3 13 September 2016 – 13.30 – 15.30 – LUMC: CZ-4 15 September 2016 – 13.30 – 15.30 – LUMC: CZ-3 19 September 2016 – 08.30 – 10.30 – LUMC: CZ-3 20 September 2016 – 08.30 – 10.30 – LUMC: CZ-3


23 September 2016 – 13.00 – 16.00 – University Sports Centre 23 December 2016 – 13.00 – 16.00 – LUMC: V3-36 (resit exam)

Mode of instuction

9 2-hour lectures

Assessment method

Written examination.

Reading list

  • Ward, J.; The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. Psychology Press (2010) 2nd Edition
    • PDF links on Blackboard

Contact information

For your questions about registration, contact: bcminor@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

For your question about the course, contact: Prof. Dr. C.C. Levelt