Cognitive Science

In this course you will explore the workings of a human mind. You will try to understand how it works just as you would study the functions of a computer. We will investigate cognitive processes and how they allow humans to understand the world and interact with it. Topics will include perception, emotion, learning, and decision-making. We might also dive into cognitive theories of particular mental disorders. During our discussions, we will touch upon several methods commonly used to understand the mind and the brain’s functions. Instead of learning facts, you will discuss each topic, construct arguments and oppose each other, all with the goal of understanding how a particular feature of the mind works. At the end of the course, you will understand what makes psychology a science, know how to use experiments to help us understand human cognition and be able to recognize some of the pitfalls of the experimental method. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity and willingness to look at everyday things with fresh eyes.

Martina Kavanová

Last year Martina completed a dual master programme in Brain and Mind Sciences, split between University College London and École Normale Superiéure in Paris. In her reseach she used computational psychiatry methods to study links between decision-making and mental disorders. She did her undergraduate degree at Oxford where she led the Czech and Slovak Society. So far she has manged political campaings in the Czech Republic, coordinated a project on civil service modernization, and advised a marketing research company. She is also the head coordinator of Discover for this year. Martina enjoys theatre (both watching and playing), films, dancing, and learning to cook.

Session D

Argumentation 101 & Critical thinking

Sára Provazníková


Sára Provazníková

Artificial Intelligence and Language

Michal Bida

Climate Crisis: Challenges and Solutions

Beniamin Strzelecki

Cognitive Science

Martina Kavanová

Cultural Psychology

Barbora Kubantová

Drug design and development

Eva Rogelj

Economics of Crime

Barbora Tallová


Emma Nabi-Bourgois

Law and Technology

Eliška Andrš

Medicine and science

Veronika Holubová

Moral Philosophy

Mojmír Stehlík


Monika Václavková

Particle Physics

Oliver Matonoha

Science of COVID 19

Amir Shamsubarov

Sociology of Gender and Masculinities

Ecem Nazlı Üçok

Sound, music and science

Sol Johansen

Structured communication

Tomáš Sakal