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 15. 2. Validity and Rentability in Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Projects brainstorming Methodology 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

  • Goleman, D. (2006), Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
  • Sacks, O. (2013) Hallucinations, Vintage
  • Steenberger, R. (2018) The Gaslighting Effect: A Revealing Look at Psychological Manipulation and Narcissistic Abuse, Independently Published,
  • Priest, H. (2019) BIASES and HEURISTICS : The Complete Collection of Cognitive Biases and Heuristics That Impair Decisions in Banking, Finance and Everything Else, Independently Published,
  • Harmon-Jones, E. (2019) Cognitive Dissonance: Reexamining a Pivotal Theory in Psychology, ‎ American Psychological Association,
  • Priest, H. (2019) BIASED: 50 Powerful Cognitive Biases That Impair Our Judgment, Independently Published,
  • Demetriou, A., Spanoudis, G. (2018) Growing Minds: A Developmental Theory of Intelligence, Brain, and Education, Routledge
  • Fields, K., Burnett, C., Mance, M. (2018) Big Questions in Creativity 2018: A Collection of First Works, ICSC Press,
  • Ecker, U. (2012) Objects in Context: The Neurocognitive Representation, Binding, and Processing of Object and Context Features in Recognition Memory - An Electrophysiological Approach, AV Akademikerverlag,
  • Mercier, H. (2020) Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe, Princeton University Press,
  • Simler, K., Hanson, R. (2018) The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, Oxford University Press,
  • Barrett, L. (2018) How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Harper
  • Faraj, M. J., (1990) Visual Agnosia: Disorders of Object Recognition and What They Tell Us about Normal Vision, The MIT Press
  • Levitin, D. J. (2015) The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Dutton,
  • Geary, D. C. (2009) Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences, American Psychological Association,
  • Goldberg, E. (2005) The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older, Gothamm
  • Aral, S. (2020) The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health--and How We Must Adapt, Currency,
  • Kurzweil, R. (2014) How to Create a Mind, Gerald Duckworth & Co.,
  • Dahaene, S. (2005) From Monkey Brain to Human Brain: A Fyssen Foundation Symposium, A Bradford Book,
  • O'Boyle, C., G. (2006) History of Psychology: A Cultural Perspective, Psychology Press
  • Lamberts, K., Shanks, D. (2016) Knowledge Concepts and Categories, Routledge
  • Kaufman, S. B. (2013) Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, Basic Books,
  • Reisberg, D. (2018) Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind, W. W. Norton & Co.,
  • Pinker, S. (2019) Enlightenment Now, Penguin
  • Gibson J. J., (2014) The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception, Psychology Press
  • Houghton, D. P. (2017) Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases,
  • Jackson Harris, R., Sanborn, F. W. (2013) A Cognitive Psychology of Mass Communication, Routledge,
  • Nisbett, R. E. (2004) The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why, Free Press,
  • Shermer, M. (2012) The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, St. Martin Press,
  • 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. Resume should be send by email till the Sunday preceding course meeting. 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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