Cognitive Neuroscience

How does our brain separate the sound of a Ferrari from the background noise of other car engines, or the face of a friend from other faces in a crowd? How do different parts of the brain interact when we perform everyday activities like riding a bicycle, typing a summary and drinking a cup of coffee? And how are fMRI signals related to neural activity? If these questions intrigue you, the Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation of the master's in Psychology might be a good fit for you. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of human brain function and cognition, and you'll get practical training in the application of non-invasive brain imaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI. Upon graduation, you'll be an expert in cognitive psychology as well as in neuroscientific methods, leaving you well-equipped for a career in applied and clinical research at universities, research institutes, educational institutes or commercial research organisations.

Anne Bach | Student Ambassador

“Did you know that your brain makes you see things even though they are not there? Optical illusions can help us to study neuronal processes in the brain; and how it is coping with outside influences. Find out more on what the master’s specialisation in Cognitive Neuroscience is all about."


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      Why Maastricht?
      I happened to spend a day here about 8 years ago, when I was still a psychology undergraduate. The beauty of this small town won me over right away. I remember saying to myself “I could definitely live here someday”, and so I did. When I decided to do my Master’s, Maastricht University was one of the first choices. I had also heard a lot of good things about the FPN, which made my decision even easier!

      Why Neuropsychology?
      I was always fascinated by the relationship between the brain and human behaviour, thought and emotion. By doing my master’s in this field I have the opportunity to deepen my understanding of this relationship. The technological advantages of our time allow us to comprehend the mechanisms of the human brain in profound and novel ways. I want to be part of this process.

      What’s it like to do your own research?
      It is rather intriguing. Interacting with people of different age, educational and cultural background is very new and exciting to me. Besides that, being part of a research project gives you the opportunity not only to obtain but also create new knowledge. And this is probably the most satisfying part of it!

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