Cognition and Attention

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode PSB3E-CP02
Vaknaam Cognition and Attention
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Cognition and Attention
Leerdoelen On successful completion of this course, students will be expected to be able, at threshold level, to:
- compare and contrast different theoretical models of attention,
- critically evaluate different methods used to study attention,
- outline the interaction of attention with other cognitive functions.
Omschrijving The ability to selectively attend to relevant information in the world around us or to divide attention among multiple tasks are different facets of attentional processing. Attention prevents distraction and enables humans and animals to dedicate perceptual, cognitive, and motor resources to deal with the most pressing environmental challenges. Because of the major role of attention in guiding behaviour, a dysfunction of the attention systems can have a major impact on the individual, but also the societal level. Therefore, understanding this core cognitive function is a central goal in cognitive neuroscience. In addition, understanding how attention mechanisms operate is critical for advancing the important mission of developing the most effective training regimes for a wide range of tasks, as well as for creating new methods for education.

This course addresses mechanisms that are involved in the control and maintenance the focus of attention, and how attention influences sensory and motor processes. A selection of theoretical models, mechanisms and findings of attentional control and selection will be discussed, with an emphasis on the different methods and experimental paradigms used to study attention.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen (essay) DIGITAL
Vaksoort bachelor
Co├Ârdinator prof. dr. M.M. Lorist
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. E.G. Aky├╝rek ,dr. P.H. de Vries , S. Fabbri ,dr. J. Jolij, PhD. ,prof. dr. M.M. Lorist ,dr. S. Mathot ,dr. B. van den Berg, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A selection of journal papers (the links will be provided during the course)
Chapters from: The Oxford handbook of attention. Oxford University Press (2014)
(available online:
Anna C. Nobre and Sabine Kastner
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Kunstmatige Intelligentie 3 semester II a keuze
BSc Kunstmatige Intelligentie 2 semester II a keuze
Ba psychologie (EN)  (Ba3 (EN) psychologie) 3 semester II a keuze
Ba psychologie (NL)  (Ba3 psychologie) 3 semester II a keuze