Hörsaal mit Studenten


Hörsaal mit Studenten
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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Termine

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Termine

Events for department: PRO Cognitive Neuroscience - Information

  • The neuroscience of music

    Music is omnipresent, universal, and significant throughout our lifespan (ontogenesis) and human history (phylogenesis). Apart from gaining single insights into the interactive biopsychological processes between human and music, music research within the neurosciences operates at interfaces between fields and encounters paradoxical phenomena, likely crucial for our understanding of the human condition. The seminar discusses current hot topics in the neuroscience of music, namely topics related to anthropology, language, emotion, brain plasticity, and health (e.g., potential use in therapy and rehabilitation).

    Termine und weitere InformationenExterner Link


  • Projektseminar I - BPCN- Higher sensory functions

    Higher sensory (auditory) functions: the neural processing of language, speech and music.

    During the course we will teach you how to perform a cognitive neuroimaging experiment. We will plan, design, prepare, perform and analyse together an experiment from the field of higher auditory functions, such as language and speech processing or music processing.

    You will have to participate in the SoSe and WiSe as well in the Projectseminar and attend the research colloquium of the BPCN unit to receive the 9 LPs.

    Termine und weitere InformationenExterner Link

  • Kolloquium Biologische Psychologie und Kognitive Neurowissenschaften

    Dear Students,  the colloquium will take partly online place. Some talks by invited guests will be per zoom. Most of the program (including talks and research paper discussions) will be in presence. The detailed program and topic will be announced on our homepage under


    in case of questions please dont hesitate to contact us.

  • EMPRA - Cognitive Neurosciences II


    Parasoziale order online Beziehung? Auswirkung auf die wahrgenommene Persönlichkeit


    Do feel you know Taylor Swift or Jaime Lannister? Parasocial interactions are perceived interpersonal relationships on the part of an individual with a mass media persona (e.g., famous actors, athletes, and others; via TV or social media resources) as a friend or even as a sexual partner while social relationships are based on reciprocity between the user and another person. Parasocial relationships are generally defined as imagined, one-sided connections with celebrities or media figures. The main principle of a parasocial relationship is that it is created through the belief that if you know a lot about someone else, those persons are also prone to know you. In this course, we explore ways in which observers develop parasocial relationships, or one-sided, non-reciprocal relationships with media personae, through media sources, and how the observed personality, social trait and affect judgements compare to those of a bidirectional, online social relationship.

    Weitere Informtionen und TermineExterner Link

  • EMPRA - Cognitive Neuroscience I

    Bekanntheit von Gesichtern TEIL-II. (Former group of Hannah Klink)

    Ort: Jentower, 18. Etage, Seminarraum

    Zeit: 12-14 Uhr, Dienstag

    Liebe Emprateilnehmer:innen,
    in diesem Empra stehen methodisch die Neurowissenschaft und thematisch die Prozesse der Gesichtsverarbeitung im Mittelpunkt. Ziel ist die selbstständige Durchführung eines EEG-Experiments zum Thema „Bekanntheit von Gesichtern”. Im Winter- und Sommersemester stehen unterschiedliche Aspekte des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens im Fokus: im Wintersemester sollen theoretische und methodische Grundlagen zum Experiment erarbeitet, wissenschaftliches Arbeiten erlernt und eine Pilotstudie durchgeführt werden. Auf den im Wintersemester erarbeiteten Grundlagen wird im Sommersemester aufgebaut, indem selbstständig, mit Unterstützung der Kursleitung, ein Experiment vorbereitet, durchgeführt und ausgewertet wird. Interesse am wissenschaftlichen Arbeitsprozess sowie an neurowissenschaftlichen Methoden sind von Vorteil, aber keine Angst, alles ist lernbar (:
    Bei Fragen kann die Kursleitung jederzeit kontaktiert werden: gyula.kovacs@uni-jena.de

    Am Ende des Semesters werden alle Informationen der durchgeführten Studie in einer Posterpräsentation zusammengetragen und auf dem Empra-Kongress präsentiert.

    Die Prüfungsleistung im Empra ist die Erstellung des Posters + Präsentation auf dem Kongress, welche benotet wird.

    Im Semester sollten alle Teilnehmer:innen regelmäßig anwesend sein und inhaltlich auch etwas im Empra beitragen können. Die einzelnen Semestereinheiten setzen sich aus Vorträgen der Lehrperson, Vorträgen der Teilnehmer:innen, Gruppenarbeiten, interaktiven Gesprächen und Freiarbeitseinheiten zusammen.

    Weitere Informationen und TermineExterner Link

  • Cinema Cognitivo: How popular films depict today`s neuroscientific findings?






    Brain functions, general psychology, metal disorders, AI in films.

    Is it anything worth to watch and discuss?

    Find your answers in "Cinema Cognitivo " -How popular films depict today’s neuroscientific findings?

     The course will present a list of popular films with direct relevance to cognitive neurosciences. The students are expected (1) to watch the films and (2) give a critical comment / Referat and lead a discussion on the accuracy and errors of one given film. The cognitive neuroscience topics, the films are referring to, should be introduced properly first, refreshing everyone’s knowledge on the topic and finally critically discussed how popular believes / artistic depictions misshape or mirror them correctly. Finally, the group should rank and judge each film according to its accuracy. The list of the films is composed of the following items below. Language: English.


    Every student needs to choose one of the listed topics/films on the first occasion. From this topic they need to prepare a Referat during the semester in the following format:

    First and most importantly, they need to present the group the scientific background of the topic. The previously learned material must be refreshed and additional state-of-the-art knowledge about the topic must be presented. This presentation should be done by Powerpoint slides and be approximately 20-40 min long. It must go deeper than the previously learned material about the topic! Next, the speaker shall list aspects of the film which the group should discuss together. These aspects should be categorized into accurate, correct depictions, matching our current knowledge about the cognitive functions and inaccurate/false/artistic representations or errors. This second part of the seminar should be a discussion with the audience. There is no need here that the speaker tells everything, rather (s)he should lead a discussion on the topic and make a consensus about the positive and negative aspects of the depiction of the topic in the given film.

    Finally, the group should give a ranking from 0-100 to the film, according its relevance, accuracy and other aspects.

    If the Referat is given by more than one student, then the above described task shall be split in the following way: if two people choose a film, then they both should contribute to the introductory lecture about the topic and thereafter one should list the accuracies while the other should list the mistakes of the film and they should discuss them with each other, with the contribution and arguments of the audience.

     In order to have a real, meaningful discussion EVERY STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO WATCH THE FILM PRIOR THE SEMINAR. For this, we at the BPCN purchased all the DVDs and will organize their watching together at the seminar room of the BPCN (Jentower, 18te etage) every week, prior to the seminar on Fridays 16.00-18.00. ONLY STUDENTS ENROLLED TO THE COURSE ARE ALLOWED TO COME TO THESE EVENTS!


    Kindly see the list of films, topics and dates below in a tabular format.

    In case of questions please contact Prof. Gyula Kovács.

    We wish you a fruitful and informative time during the seminar.





    http://psychmovies.com/Externer Link

    Motz B, (2013) Cognitive Science in popular film: the cognitive science movie index TICS 17: 483-5

    Nelson EM (2002) Using film to teach psychology: a resource of film study guides

    Conner DB (1996) From Monty Python to Total Recall: A feature film activity for the cognitive psychology Course Teaching PSychology. 23: 33-35

    Wiertelak EP (2002) And the winner is: Inviting Hollywood into the neuroscience classroom. The J. Undergra Neurosci Ed 1: A4-A17



EXAMS - Important information here:

  • SOSE23 - Modul: B-PSY-103 Prf.Nr.: 1135 Biologische Psychologie II

    Datum Nachprüfung: 04.12.2023
    Beginn 10:00 Uhr / Ende 11:00 Uhr    Ort: Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3 - Raum SR208

    Bitte 15 Minuten vor Beginn vor Ort sein!


    Datum der Prüfung: 25.09.2023

    Erstprüfer: Professor Dr. Kovacs, Gyula Zoltán
    Art der Prüfung: Klausur
    Bemerkung: Biologische Psychologie II

  • Modul: PsyN-WP4.2 | Prf.Nr.: 34071 Biologische und Klinische Psychologie

    Prüfungsauswahl Modul: PsyN-WP4.2 | Prf.Nr.: 34071 Biologische und Klinische Psychologie: Klausur Biologische Psychologie
    Erstprüfer: Professor Dr. Kovacs, Gyula Zoltán
    Datum der Prüfung: 25.09.2023, Art der Prüfung: Klausur

  • Modul: BPSY103p | Prf.Nr.: 145032 Biologische Psychologie und Grundlagen der Medizin

    Prüfungsauswahl Modul: BPSY103p | Prf.Nr.: 145032 Biologische Psychologie und Grundlagen der Medizin: Klausur 2/2
    Erstprüfer: Professor Dr. Kovacs, Gyula Zoltán
    Datum der Prüfung: 25.09.2023, Art der Prüfung: Klausur

  • Klausur BPSY WS 22/23 Prüfung-02

Cooperation Partners of the BPCN

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schweinberger, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
  • Dr. Rufin Vogels, Katholieke-University Leuven, Netherlands
  • Dr. Zoltán Vidnyanszky, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Prof. Dezső Németh, currently Claude Bernard University Lyon, France
  • Dr. Mihály Racsmány, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Assoc. Prof. Patrick Johnston, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Dr. Daniel Feuerriegel, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr. Daniel Kaiser, University of York, Great Britain
  • Prof. Andrea Antal, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
  • Dr. Viljami Salmela, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Sabrina Trapp, University Bielefeld, Germany, Institut for Psychology and Sport Science