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Higher cognitive functions

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

About the course

The course will present central theoretical and empirical issues related to higher cognitive functions with a specific focus on cognitive control functions. These control functions, often referred to as executive functions, are assumed to mediate goal-directed behavior and involve planning, coordination and updating of complex intentions. Executive control functions are also central to most higher mental activities, including abstract thinking and problem solving, autobiographic memory, self-image, and social interactions. A variety of neuropsychiatric disorders are associated with impairments and deficits in these functions.

Another aim of the course is to examine different forms of higher cognitive functions by focusing on the relation among executive functioning, decision-making competence and metacognition. The course also aims at elucidating the interplay between emotional and cognitive control and their underlying neural mechanisms. The course will also deal with individual and developmental differences in executive control functions.

Expected learning outcomes
After the course, the students are expected to have deeper understanding of:
  • executive functions and their relation to other higher cognitive functions
  • construct validity and measurement problems within the research area
  • emotional control and their relation to higher cognitive functions
  • developmental trends in executive control function

Application and eligibility

Higher cognitive functions, 7.5 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2019 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


Lectures begin on week starting 2 September 2019


Lectures end during the week of 28 October 2019

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: Admitted to the Master’s programme in Cognitive Science or 90 ECTS in any subject
whereof at least 15 ECTS in cognition. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish Upper
Secondary course English B.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Application deadline is 15 January 2019.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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