Why this programme?
In the Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation, you'll study the human brain and how it relates to cognition, perception and behaviour. The programme combines in-depth knowledge on human brain function and cognition with practical training in applying non-invasive brain imaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI.
Study key issues in perceptual and cognitive brain research
By addressing key issues in perceptual and cognitive brain research, you will build a detailed understanding of how the ‘working’ brain perceives, feels, moves and attends to relevant information. Specific course topics include auditory and visual perception, attention, language and sensorimotor functions. In addition, you will learn to translate this knowledge in empirical research by hands-on training in all aspects of the experimental cycle, including experimental design, recording brain activation data, data analysis and interpretation. Methods that you will learn to apply include fMRI and EEG, as well as data analysis in the software packages Brainvoyager and EEGLAB.
Excellent staff, excellent facilities
You will work within an international and multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, biologists, physicians, engineers, physicists, and computer scientists: all members of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (MBIC). This center offers a unique research infrastructure with the newest ultra-high field imaging facilities.
The Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation focuses on the normal brain and the acquired knowledge directly contributes to clinical applications such as:
- neurofeedback for the treatment of depression
- brain-based communication in locked-in patients
- guiding brain recovery after stroke or brain injury
Learn more about the institute at the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center website.
Is it right for me?
This specialisation is a good fit if you:
- want to understand normal and/or abnormal brain function using brain imaging techniques
- are eager to translate cognitive neuroscience theories into empirical research questions
- want to gain practical knowledge and skills in the acquisition and analysis of EEG and fMRI data
- have an undergraduate degree in psychology, biology or a related field
- want an academic or research-based career