This English-language seminar is primarily intended for students of the MSc specialization in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (Modul M-Psy-KN202: Informationsverarbeitung). It may also be taken by students with relevant interests and backgrounds from the BSc/ MSc Nebenfach (e.g. B.A. PsyN-WP3) and international students.
The aim of the course is to provide an overview of current psychological and psycholinguistic thinking about language and communication.
In most years, we read and discuss a broad range of textbook chapters and journal articles, beginning with a basic background on speech production and understanding. Further topics can be chosen by the participants; they could include, for example, how language(s) are learnt, how words and sentences are processed in the brain, and the challenges of research on dialogue and interaction.
This year, the course will take place in digital format for the first time - probably entirely, perhaps with some possibility of meeting in person towards the end of the summer semester. It will have interactive elements, but it will be possible to take part in and contribute to the course asynchronously, if this is necessary. It will be possible to take an exam at the end to receive a grade for the module, but the format of the exam is not clear yet.