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Code: LPSI310     Acronym: NEUR

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://moodle.up.pt
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 22 Official Curricular Structure 3 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria de São Luís de Vasconcelos Fonseca e Castro Schoner

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Maria de São Luís de Vasconcelos Fonseca e Castro Schoner 1,50
Rui Alexandre Teixeira Alves 0,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


1. To be able to recognize the modern approach of Neuropsychology and the Cognitive Neurosciences to the study of the mind-brain and human behavior, and to identify its main characteristics.


2. To be familiar with the main neuro-functional characteristics of major cognitive systems in the adult and be able to relate them with cognitive analysis and behavioral observation.


3. To be aware of the consequences of brain lesions at the individual level and their impact on family and social networks.


4. To be able to interpret, analyze, and critically review the scientific literature (mid-level specialization articles) in the domain of neuropsychology and cognitive neurosciences.

Learning outcomes and competences

The objectives were defined above as learning outcomes.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Being able to understand written English.


Conceptual and historical foundations of neuropsychology and cognitive neurosciences.

Research methods: lesion, electrophysiology, structural and functional imaging; cognitive and behavioral analysis.


(The neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience of:)

Attention and spatial orientation. 
Movement and action.
Remembering and memory.
Speech and language. 
Reading and literacy.
Executive functions.
Emotion and the socio-emotional mind-brain.

Mandatory literature

Ward Jamie; The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience

Comments from the literature

We will use Jamie Ward's book and resources as the course manual.

In addition, articles on selected topics published in peer-reviewed scientific journals will be recommended.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Weekly lectures for all enrolled students (about 150).
Students are supposed to attend the weekly lectures. If regular attendance to weekly lectures is not possible, please come and see the professor to discuss the situation.

E-learning component at the University of Porto Moodle platform: http://moodle.up.pt/ (visitor’s access with password “ visitaNP “), where materials used in the course are available: handouts, recommended readings and useful links.

Students may be called to participate as experimental subjects in ongoing research at the Speech Lab / Neurocognition and Language Research Group (NCL Group).

They may also be called to prepare a critical review of recommended scientific articles related to the topics of the course.


Socrative Student


Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Cognitive science
Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Experimental psychology
Health sciences > Neuroscience

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 90,00
Participação presencial 10,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 41,00
Frequência das aulas 28,00
Trabalho escrito 10,00
Trabalho laboratorial 2,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance of at least 75% of the lectures is strongly recommended.

Calculation formula of final grade

Grades are attributed according to the classification in the final exam. This consists of multiple-choice questions (on the whole or in part) and is responded to using the Moodle platform.

Credits may be attributed to the participation as subjects in ongoing research from the NCL Group. There is also the possibility of making a review of a scientific article chosen among recommended readings.

Specific conditions are defined each year. Unless otherwise specified until at least one month before the exam date in Neuropsychology Online in Moodle, the scheme that follows will be used.

The final grade is assigned taking into account (1) the classification on the final exam and, in the case of having participated in an investigation in the context of this course, (2) credits allocated to such participation. In the latter case, the final rating will be given a weighting of 90% for the exam and 10% for the experimental participation. If a student has not received credits for experimental participation, the exam is weighed 100%.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Participation as subjects in ongoing research experiments is expected. Regular use of Neuropsychology Online in the Moodle platform is strongly recommended.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Special situations to be discussed on case by case basis.

Classification improvement

Students must enroll in the Academic Services specifically for a second chance ("melhoria") in the same curricular year.

For more information, please contact the professor and/or consult the UP Regulation on Student Assessment, namely its Art. nº 10, point 1.

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