Course Objective

The main aim of the course is to provide an introduction to core areas
of psycholinguistics including language production, speech perception,
word recognition, and language comprehension, as well as some aspects of
first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and language
disorders. On completion of the course, students are familiar with a
wide range of experimental paradigms and techniques that have been used
in psycholinguistic research. They will be well informed about the
current state of our understanding of language processing and central
debates in psycholinguistic research.

Course Content

This course is an introduction to psycholinguistics, an
interdisciplinary scientific field that integrates concepts and
techniques from modern linguistics, psychology and neuroscience. It
investigates and describes the mental processes involved in the
production and comprehension of language. Through lectures, assignments,
and hands-on sessions you will find tools to approach and answer
questions like: How do we produce, perceive and recognize spoken and
written language? How do we acquire language(s)? How is linguistic
knowledge represented, structured and stored in our mind and brain, and
how is it used in the real-time processing of language?

Teaching Methods

Lectures (1x2 or 2x2 (first two weeks) hours per week), seminar meetings
(1x2 hours per week),
practical sessions (1x2 hours per week from week 3). Attendance at
seminar meetings, practical sessions and guest lectures is compulsory.
Attendance at other lectures is highly recommended.

Method of Assessment

Grades will be based on active participation in class (5%); two
critical summaries (20%); practical sessions report (25%); in-class exam
(50%). In order to pass the course, the student must pass each component
with at least 5.0 and the exam with at least 5.5. The average of all
grades has to be at least 5.5.


Text book: Sedivy, Julie (2019). Language in Mind: an Introduction in
Psycholinguistics. Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Companion website:
Some additional non-textbook readings will be announced during the

Target Audience

1st year CIS students: track .

Recommended background knowledge

Basic knowledge of general linguistics.

General Information

Course Code L_AABACIW109
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. M.J.A. Lamers
Examiner dr. M.J.A. Lamers
Teaching Staff dr. M.J.A. Lamers

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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