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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology




An outline of Biological Psychology is provided by means of lectures. Topics include, among others, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and endocrinology, evolution and development of the nervous system, sensory physiology and motor functions. The areas of sexuality and reproduction, homeostatic processes, biological rythms and sleep,  memory, learning and language are handled in an optional lecture.


Current  Curriculum

  • VL Biological Psychology I (Prof.  Werner Sommer), FR 9:00 - 11:00, RUD 26, 0'110



Exam topics for the intermediate diploma

  • Basics of Biological Psychology I & II
  • Behavioural regulation and emotion
  • Optional: Memory, learning and language



Graduate Curriculum


The chair collaborates in the study focus (Schwerpunkt) "Cognitive Sciences and Neurosciences". Subject of the curriculum is the neuronal basis of cognition and neuroscientific approaches to cognitive processes. The study focus is organized within a systematic curriculum.


Biological Psychology contributes to the study focus with the following lectures and seminars:

  • Contribution to lecture series "Cognitive Science"
  • Neuroscientific methods (Lecture and Lab. Exercises)
  • Examples for seminars:

- Neuroscientific approaches to learning and memory

    - Cognitive conflicts

    - Neurocognition of language

    - Neuroscientific approaches in mental chronometry

    - Object- and face recognition

    - Neuroscientific examinations of the semantic system

    - Affective Neurosciences


In addition student research projects are conducted with the perspective of being followed up by a diploma thesis.



Current Graduate Curriculum

  • Lecture series "Cognitive Science" (Dr. Abdel Rahman, Prof. Frensch, Prof. Sommer, Prof. van der Meer); wednesday 3 - 5 p.m.; 3'208 Rud 18
  • Neuroscientific methods (Prof. Sommer), tuesday 3 - 5 p.m.; 0'115 Rud 26
  • The semantic System (Dr. Abdel Rahman) ; thursday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 3'201 Rud 18
  • Neuropharmacology  in kognition and emotion (Dr. Stürmer); monday 9 - 11 a.m.; 1'101 Rud 18
  • Basal ganglia and kognition (Dr. Stürmer); thursday 1 -3-p.m.; 0'101 Rud 18
  • "You only see what you already know" Top-down influences on perception (Dr. Abdel Rahman); monday 3 -5 p.m.; 0'101 Rud 18
  • Attention (Prof. Sommer), thursday 3 - 5 p.m.; 3'201 Rud 18
  • Laboratory course on neuroscientific methods (Dipl.-Ing. Kniesche, Dipl.-Psych. Pinkpank);  thursday 9 - 11 a.m., 2'208 Rud 18
  • Colloquium of chair (Prof. Sommer); wednesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 3'201 Rud 18



Diploma theses

Where possible, themes for diploma theses are provided within current research projects in order to ensure careful guidance.    



PhD Dissertations

Currently there there are ten PhD students associated with the chair.