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Cognitive Neuroscience of Language


Admission requirements

Previous knowledge of cognitive neuroscience and/or psycho- and neurolinguistics is desirable.


The course is about the neuroscientific processing of language comprehension and production in healthy and language-impaired adults (e.g. auditory and visual word recognition, reading, understanding speech, representation of word meaning, language production). It will include damage to the linguistic processing system such as different forms of aphasia (e.g. dyslexia, anomia, agrammatism, etc.) as well as bilingualism. Emphasis will be put on theoretical issues and models, however empirical/experimental papers will be discussed as well. Most areas of psycho- and neurolinguistics will be touched upon, mainly from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. The course will make use of a textbook on psycholinguistics for background reading and specific articles.

Course objectives

  1. Students with basic knowledge in psycho- and neurolinguistics should be able to extend and deepen their knowledge in the areas of language comprehension and production, especially regarding the neuroscientific aspects of those areas (methods, paradigms, data acquisition, neurocognitive consequences).

  2. Students will get practice in presenting a topic in front of other students and teachers.

  3. Students will get writing practice (useful as preparartion for their MA thesis).


“Lectures”: T.b.a.
“Exams”: T.b.a.



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration


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

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Mode of instruction

Lecture and seminar

Course Load

The course load will be 280 hours.

Assessment Method

Grade Pretest: mean of 7 best out of 8 pretest scores
Grade Exam = (Grade Pretests + 2x Grade Final Exam)/3 (re-sit only when Grade Final Exam = 5 or higher)
Final Grade = (Grade Exams + Grade Paper)/2

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

Harley, T.A. The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory, Fourth edition, Hove and New York: Psychology Press, 2014.
Additional articles will be announced during the course.


Dr. F (Fenna) Poletiek
Cognitive Psychology Unit, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences
Wassenaarseweg 52, room 2B24
Tel: 071 527 3641

Remarks This course can also be followed by psychology students for 5 ec.