Find information on the modules offered by the department for the B. Sc. Psychology here.

Modules B.Sc. Psychologie

The module "Allgemeine Psychologie" predominantly deals with the topics: Attention, learning, memory, emotion and motivation. In other words, an outline of the general principles of human and animal behaviour is given. Here in Leipzig, special emphasis is placed on the approach from the perspective of modern cognitive neuroscience. The lecture "Methoden der kognitiven Neurowissenschaften" offered in the module "Methoden der Psychologie II" provides the tools needed for a general understanding of, for example, electroencephalographic recordings (EEG) or functional imaging (fMRI, PET). The basics covered in the module "Allgemeine Psychologie" provide the framework for understanding more advanced concepts of the application subjects.

The module consists of a lecture of 2 SWS and 2 accompanying seminars Allgemeine Psychologie I und Allgemeine Psychologie II (2 SWS each).


The lecture deals with the topics attention, learning, memory and emotion. First, an overview of basic findings and theories of experimental Attention, Learning and Memory Psychology is given. With this, an attempt is made to find answers to how we behave.

In the field of emotion (and motivation in the seminar, see below), students are given an overview of research on affective as well as the activating and directional factors of human experience and behaviour or action. This is an attempt to find answers for reasoning for behaviour.

Seminar "Allgemeine Psychologie I"

In this seminar, the field of attention and emotion is dealt with in depth.

Attention: A central question in psychology is discussed: In what way does attention regulate human processes of perception, memory and action.

Emotion: Is there a certain, fixed number of basic emotions or can emotions be described more abstractly in N-dimensional space? In the part dealing with emotion, an overview of classic models of emotional stimulus processing and emotional experience is given. Additionally, current neurocognitive science models and findings in emotion research are discussed.

Seminar "Allgemeine Psychologie II"

This seminar focuses on motivation, learning and memory.

Motivation: Goal-oriented behaviour serves to optimise affect. But what controls or energises goal-oriented behaviour? In the part on motivation, basic concepts such as drive, instinct and motive are dealt with. Classic theories such as Hull's drive theory are considered as well as modern attribution theories.

Learning and memory: Classical and operant conditioning, as well as cognitive and model learning are dealt with in connection with questions of Learning Psychology. Furthermore, structures and processes playing a decisive role in memory performance are discussed: Short-term and working memory, long-term memory, remembering and forgetting, implicit and explicit memory, connectionist memory and learning models.


Prerequisite for taking the module exam is a presentation in the seminar "Allgemeine Psychologie I" OR "Allgemeine Psychologie II". Topics and literature will be announced at the beginning of each course.

Seminar "Methoden der kognitiven Neurowissenschaften"

With this seminar we intend to provide a general introduction to the methods of brain research. Thus, the seminar serves to deepen the understanding of experimental psychological theories and paradigms. In particular, the methods EEG, MRT/fMRT and non-invasive brain stimulation procedures will be presented. The technical and physiological basics of these methods will be discussed and their experimental psychological application will be examined on the basis of prototypical publications. Furthermore, understanding of these methods for psychological questions will be trained in practice.

Information on the module can be found on the homepage of the department Cognitive Psychology (tab „Empiriepraktikum I“).


Project seminar "Preparation and discussion of current research papers"

This seminar aims to teach theoretical and practical skills for preparing, conducting and evaluating a Bachelor's thesis. In particular, it is about deepening central concepts, theories and research paradigms, discussing current research findings as well as trends in psychology.

Prerequisite credits:
Participation in the modules 11-PSY-11002, -11006 and -11010 is required.


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