Introduction to Psychology 2-IKV-111

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mind. Through this introductory course, students of cognitive science will have the opportunity to understand several essential topics in the science of psychology. After introducing the most influential schools of thought and fundamentals of research methods in psychology, selected key concepts from cognitive, biological, clinical psychology are discussed. These concepts range from elementary psychological phenomena to more complex psychological functions concerning origins of psychology (as science), perception, memory, personality and emotions.

Approximate course outline

  • Introductory lecture
  • Origins and history
  • What is mind
  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Psychological methods
  • Personality theories
  • Clinical psychology
  • Emotions


  • An Introduction to the History of Psychology (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Kalat, 2008)
  • Research in Psychology: Methods and Design (Goodwin, 2009)
  • Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology: Methodology in Experimental Psychology (Pashler & Wixted, 2002)

Note: Additional reading recommendations will be provided throughout the semester. Students will be also provided with online materials, mostly including powerpoint/pdf presentations, and additional supplementary materials, such as scientific articles that are related to the current topics.

Schedule, teacher, and contact

Each lesson starts at 9:50 AM in room I-8 and consists of a two-hour lecture and an one-hour seminar (approximately). Course is taught by Mgr. Martin Marko, PhD.. You can contact me via email

Course Schedule at


  • Midterm: written exam (25%) & seminar projects and readings (25%).
  • Examination period: final written exam (50%)
  • Scale: A: 91–100; B: 81–90; C: 73–80; D: 66–72; E: 60–65; Fx: 0–59.

Note: the assignments above(student projects/essays) may change depending on the number of students attending the course. Specific details pertaining to the course management & requirements are introduced and discussed at the very first lecture. Within the first seminar, students are presented with a number of recommended topic to chose from for their project/essay.