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Emotion and Cognition



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 clinical, 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 (2010-2011):

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

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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


Enrolment for study activities of courses of the first semester will take place from 7 July till 30 August 2010. Enrolment for study activities of courses of the second semester will take place in January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Prof. dr. B. Hommel
Room 2B05