540033 :Cognitive Neuropsychology

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Lectures and Seminars (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Final Examination: group paper in English. Different group assignments will be given during the course. (No data available yet)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP.
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prof. dr. M.M. Sitskoorn (Coordinator)

dr. W. De Baene (Coordinator)

K. Gehring PhD (Docent)


The purpose of this course is to provide students with insight into brain plasticity, cognitive functioning in patients and healthy subjects and different methodologies like MRI and TMS that enable us to gain knowledge about the brain and its relation to behavior. In addition, students will learn how results from studies using these methodologies add to the understanding of the extent to what behavior can be modified by influencing the brain from the perspective of neuroplasticity. Furthermore, after this course, students are able to apply this knowledge and discuss the scientific underpinnings of whether and how specific human traits, skills or emotions can be changed based on neuroplasticity of the brain.


In order to understand more about human behavior we need to understand more about the human brain. Technological developments provide us with different methodologies to gain insight into the relation between brain and behavior.

Understanding of these methodologies will enable students

1. to broaden their abilities to understand scientific research that use these methodologies to explore the workings of the brain;

2. to gain more understanding of human behavior;

3. to understand how we can influence brain and behavior.

In this course several of these brain-behavior methodologies like MRI, DTI and VLSM will be explained. In addition, cognitive rehabilitation and enhancement methods will be discussed and students learn to translate the findings of research that makes use of these methodologies to cognition, social behavior and feelings like empathy, trustworthiness, decision making, greed and aggression. From the perspective of adaptive plasticity of the brain we will also consider to what extent this kind of behavior can be modified.

Compulsory Reading

  1. Will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Compulsory for

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Cognitive Neuroscience ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Major Cognitive Neuropsychology (Dutch Program) ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Major Cognitive Neuropsychology ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Minor Cognitive Neuropsychology ( 2016, 2017 )

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