Cognitive Sciences and User Psychology (Seminar)

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Stefania Centrone
Duration2 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


Students will gain • a broad understanding of concepts of cognitive sciences in linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, computer science/artificial intelligence, and anthropology • a broad and detailed know-how of the cognitive processes that underlie user behavior • the systemic competence to make evaluations of product designs in regard of user psychology • the competence to communicate academic know-how with the use of different presentation techniques


Cognitive science includes the understanding of intelligence and the understanding of the mind. This course provides an overview of cognitive science as an interdisciplinary, scientific study of the mind and its processes, with contributions from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, computer science/artificial intelligence, and anthropology. On this basis, the rational and psychological conditions of decision-making processes and their importance for user behavior are examined. Teaching content is divided into the following sections: 1. Approaches to Cognitive Science. Representation and Computation 2. Logic 3. Rules 4. Concepts 5. Analogies 6. Images 7. Connections 8. Review and Evaluation. Extensions to Cognitive Science 9. Brains 10. Emotions 11. Conciousness 12. Bodies, the World, and Dynamic Systems 13. Societies 14. The Future of Cognitive Science

Recommended literature

– Friedberg, J. D. & Silverman, G. W.: Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind, SAGE Publications 2021. – Bermudez, J .L.: Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind, Cambridge University Press 2020 (2nd Edition 2022). – Harre, R.: Cognitive Science: A Philosophical Introduction, SAGE Publications 2002. – Wendel, S.: Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics, O'Reilly Media 2020. – Whalen, J.: Design for How People Think: Using Brain Science to Build Better Products, O'Reilly Media 2019.