Developmental Psychology

Are you curious about how psychological and biological factors, such as genetics and biochemistry, play a role in cognitive development?  Do you want to investigate which factors contribute to the development of disorders such as autism or dyslexia? Are you interested in learning how to measure brain processes and use various diagnostic tools? Then the master’s specialisation in Developmental Psychology could be right for you. You’ll study the most recent developmental theories and research findings. And you’ll learn to apply various diagnostic and research tools in the clinical field and developmental research. This will make you well-prepared to work as a psychologist or researcher in mental health or educational institutions.


Gina Hofman | Student Ambassador

“Did you know that during prenatal development brain cells are overproduced but only half of them will be contained? Within the master's specialisation 'Developmental Psychology', you will encounter much more interesting findings concerning different domains of human development.”


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      #HumansofFPN - Vassilis: master's student in Neuropsychology

      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!

      #MaastrichtUniversity #exploreFPN #explorepsychology #neuropsychology

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      Hello dear FPN people!

      This monday at around 8.30AM I lost my beloved mustard headband (Brand: Rockamora) on my way from the entrance of Universiteitssingel 40 to Universiteitssingel 50, room 4.101!

      I'm studying in the centre and therefore don't hang around Randwyck often... Has anyone seen/found my headband? I would be super grateful and love to buy you coffee/chocolate in return

      Thank you

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      We are in need of a limited number of participants for the study as described in the attached flyer. Grab your chance and apply by sending a mail to Monika Toth, onderzoekp95[at]gmail[dot]com

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