Universität Wien FIND

200009 PS Introductory Seminar: Cognitive Foundations of Experience and Behaviour (2021S)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 20 - Psychologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Kick-off event will take place on March 4, 2021.

Thursday 11.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Information about the method of LV:
This parallel course is based on a teaching model according to the Flipped Classroom principle, which includes attendance and feedback units (online) as well as independent preparation and/or follow-up phases (offline).
Aims and contents of this course:
Students will get an overview of the most important research topics in cognitive psychology. The content of the course focuses on perception & attention and emotion & aesthetics.
Following topics will be discussed in the proseminar:
1) Visual perception
2) Auditory perception
3) Acting & Movement
4) Executive functions
5) Consciousness
6) Emotion
7) Memory
8) Attention
9) Cross-modal attention
10) Attractiveness

Furthermore, students will learn about different psychological methods and will acquire basic scientific knowledge in literature search, critical reading, writing and presentation, as well as citing according to APA.

Assessment and permitted materials

Planning of a classroom session (90 min; online) in small groups:
The students will plan and lead through one session in small groups, consisting of the presentation of a book chapter and of a scientific paper (suitable literature is provided) and a guided group phase (e.g. discussion or experiment).There is also the option of discussing the structure of the units with the teachers in advance.

Weekly preparation and/or follow-up excercises for each classroom session (e.g. short multiple-choice test, short statement writing, summaries, etc.)

LABS credits:
To pass the course, active participation in psychological research to the extent of 8 credits (2 hours) is required, as far as the university hygiene guidelines allow at that time (if necessary, a compensational task will be provided to pass the course anyway).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

50% individual home exercises (preparation and/or follow-up exercises in written form via Moodle)
50% Planning of a classroom session in a small group

Regular attendance (80%; max. two missed sessions)
8 LABS credits (no grading, only participation)

The final grade is the average of the weighted individual scores, whereby each individual score must be provided. If one or more individual scores are not achieved or are assessed negatively, the overall grade cannot be positive.
By registering for this course, you agree that the written papers you submit can be examined with the plagiarism examination software "Turnitin".

Examination topics

Reading list

Ward, J. (2015). The Student`s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience (3rd edition). Psychology Press.

Association in the course directory


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