Why this programme?
If you choose to specialise in Neuropsychology, you'll study normal and deviant behaviour in relation to brain structure and function. You'll particularly focus on congenital, acquired and degenerative brain dysfunctions, and their related neuropsychiatric disorders. The neuropharmacological mechanisms that underlie behaviour in health and disease will also be highlighted in the programme. By combining in-depth courses that provide theoretical knowledge with courses on advanced methodological and diagnostic skills, you'll obtain all the training you need to pursue a clinical or scientific career in this highly challenging domain.
The programme has four compulsory courses that cover the basic neurobiological and cognitive affective mechanisms underlying the behaviour of healthy subjects and patients with neurological or psychiatric diseases:
- Brain damage: focuses on patients with brain damage whose condition can provide us with insights into how the brain works in relation to behaviour.
- Behavioural disorders: focuses on cognitive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric conditions and explores neuropsychological mechanisms and treatment strategies.
- Arousal and attention: introduces key theories about arousal and attention and integrates these with knowledge from psychopharmacology to understand related diseases, such as insomnia and ADHD.
- Aging: focuses on basic theories and neurobiological processes of age-related cognitive decline that is often found in dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to the core courses, you'll also get practical training focused on neuropsychological diagnostic skills and you'll be familiarised with psychological research methods. You'll receive training in designing and applying diagnostic and experimental instruments as well as in assessment procedures for analysing, interpreting and reporting on the data (obtained, for example, from simulation patients or experiments). During the second semester, you'll complete a research or clinical internship and write your master’s thesis.
Is it right for me?
The specialisation in Neuropsychology is a good fit for you if you're interested in studying normal and abnormal behaviour from a cognitive-neuropsychological (brain-behaviour) perspective.