Current Trends in Cognitive Psychology 2-IKV-141

Objectives of this course is to provide insight into current topics in Cognitive Psychology. This include the relation between psychology and ethology, contemporary approaches to Intelligence and decision making, Cognitive illusions and biases and emotionality.


Online education is held by MS Teams Meetings

Course schedule

Type Day Time Room Lecturer
Seminar Tuesday 16:30 - 19:00 Online (MS Teams) Tomáš Gál ( at


Current Trends in Cognitive Psychology, Summer 2020
Thema Presentation Scheduled date Materials
Introduction Methodology 15. 2. Validity and Rentability in Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Projects brainstorming 22. 2. Project managemant
From Ethology to Psychology (1) 1. 3. Are bigger brains better?
From Ethology to Psychology (2) 8. 3. The foundations of the human cultural niche
Perception What is it like to have synesthesia? 15. 3. Why Study Synesthesia?
Thinking Slow & Fast 22. 3. What music makes us feel
Affective and Cognitive Empathy About Arguments 29. 3. Neuroanatomical and Functional Correlates of Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Young Healthy Adults
Memory Tali Sharot, about biases 5. 4. (*) Optimism Bias
Some words about the Concept on Intelligence A new Equation for Intelligence 12. 4. Brain entropy and human intelligence
Cognitive Illusions Infographic, Text 19. 4. (*) Models of Affective Decision Making
Cognitive Biases 26. 4. Making biases to do something useful
Practical enhancements 3. 5. Psychology of Human-Machine-Interface
Project presentations 10. 5.

Supplemental reading and references

  • KAHNEMAN, D. (2011) Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan.
  • GOLDBERG, E. (2009): The New Executive Brain, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • STAINTON, R. J. (2005) Contemporary debates in Cognitive Science. Oxford, Blackwell
  • STERNBERG, R. J., STERNBERG, K. (2011) Cognitive Psychology. Belmont, Wadsworth (6ed)

Course grading

Semestral evaluation: active participation by sending resumes of provided texts. See progress here.

Exam: project presentation at coloquium. Projects / Essays

It is welcome if seminary project corresponds, or is related, to the topic of the yearly project or special project of interest. In this case, the project may focus on theoretical or methodological part and / or a presentable research design. Given the situation with the pandemic, it is understandable if the research cannot be carried out with participants.

Project should be presented in 10-15 minutes. Expected date of presentations is May 10th.

If participant is unable to implement any project related to psychological or similar research, he / she can end the semester with an essay in the range of 8-10 pages.

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