Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Cognitive Modelling

Overall Course Objectives

Theories of cognition as information processing can be implemented in quantitative models. In this course, we introduce models of attention, memory and perception. We extract commonalities and discuss model variations. The students will learn to evaluate models based on empirical and simulated data using mathematical analysis programs.

Learning Objectives

  • Quantitatively evaluate models of cognitive functions based on empirical data
  • Simulate data from a model
  • Use modelling results in design of experiments
  • Discuss the relation between qualitative and quantitative models of cognitive functions
  • Describe and use the basic tools of quantitative analysis of psychophysical experiments including signal detection and psychometric functions
  • Describe models of neural coding
  • Analyze perception from a Bayesian perspective
  • Describe the relationship between neural and cognitive models

Course Content

Models of cognitive processes are introduced through lectures. Through exercises, students learn to test models, investigate model variations and simulate data. Finally, the students learn to independently use the methods to analyse and compare models during project work.

Recommended prerequisites

02450/02454/02464, Probability theory, fundamental machine learning and basic programming.

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises and project work


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 02458
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK