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Emotion and Cognition


Important Note

  • All Semester II bachelor and master psychology courses and examinations (2020-2021) will be offered in an on-line format.

  • If it is safe and possible to do so, supplementary course meetings may be planned on-campus. However, attendance at these meetings will not be required to successfully complete Semester II courses.

  • All obligatory work groups and examinations will be offered on-line during Central European Time, which is local time in the Netherlands.

  • Information on the mode of instruction and the assessment method per course will be offered in Brightspace, considering the possibilities that are available at that moment. The information in Brightspace is leading during the Corona crisis, even if this does not match the information in the Prospectus.

Admission requirements

Cognitive Psychology or a similar course.


This course addresses the interaction of emotion and cognition and provides an overview of the basic schools of thought in the investigation of and theory on emotions and its mechanisms and challenges students to take an evolutionary perspective.

Course objectives

The student will gain a broad understanding of classic and modern theories on emotion and its expressions and a deeper understanding of how theoretical concepts and hypotheses in this area can be applied to empirical phenomena and practical problems.


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme. Psychology timetables



Students need to register for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and instructions.


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your exchange coordinator.


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.

Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures

Assessment method

Exam: 40 multiple choice questions in English. Pass = 27 correct answers and 5 open questions. Multiple choice questions count for 70% and open questions for 30%. The questions will be on the text book, lectures and additional papers.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Reading list

  • Fox, E. (2008). Emotion Science. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. ISBN-10: 0230005187, ISBN-13: 978023000518

  • Additional papers

Contact information

Dr. Mariska Kret