Emotion, Cognition and Behaviour from a clinical Perspective: part 1


Course Objective

Learning outcomes for this course:
• You will learn to comprehend emotion, cognition and behavior from a
clinical, neuropsychological and developmental psychological
• You can apply this knowledge to practical exercises during the
tutorials in which you will learn to differentiate between normal and
problematic development of emotions, cognitions and behaviors.
• You will experience conducting a low-intensity treatment protocol
(Life Review) aimed at changing emotions and cognitions and you will
describe these experiences in a paper.

Course Content

In this course you will study emotion, cognition and behaviour from a
clinical, neuropsychological and developmental perspective. At the end
of the course, you can explain how (disorders in) emotion, cognition and
behaviour can cause psychological (dys)function. Furthermore, you will
be able to recognize and attend to dysfunctions in emotion, cognition
and behaviour during practical exercises in the tutorials. We assume
that psychological dysfunctions develop as the result of an interplay
between contextual risk factors (e.g. low socioeconomic status),
personal vulnerabilities (e.g. brain injury) and protective factors
(e.g. attachment security). In addition, we will focus on current
theories and models regarding emotion, cognition and behaviour,
including neural development. We will address different stages of life,
specifically early childhood, adolescence and adulthood. For each
developmental period, an overview of the important risk factors,
vulnerabilities and protective factors that contribute to the
development of 'normal' and 'abnormal' emotions, cognitions, and
behaviour will be presented. Lastly, you will learn to conduct a
low-intensity treatment protocol (the life review method) and report
about it in a paper.

This preminor consists of two interlinked parts:
• The first part (period 5) furthers your knowledge from the first year
course Developmental psychology and psychopathology during lectures and
seminars. Also, you will be conducting a low-intensity treatment
protocol (Life Review) and write a report, that you will submit in
period 6. Period 5 ends with an exam.
• The second part (period 6) focuses on specific themes (capita selecta)
during lectures and tutorials. Researchers in the field of emotions,
cognitions and
behavior will present their recent findings. At the end of this period,
you will have an exam. The final grade of this period consists of a
grade for the paper (Life Review) and exam.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, tutorials, assignment and exams.

Method of Assessment

Part 1 of this preminor course is successfully completed with a pass
• attendance requirement (6 of 7 tutorials) in period 5
• exam (MC-questions) about the lectures and literature of period 5
During period 5 (part 1) you will be trained in the Life Review Method
during the first two tutorials and you will then start with the
assignment (interviewing and writing a paper). The paper is part of the
assessment in period 6 (part 2).

Part 2 is successfully completed with a pass for:
• attendance requirement (2 of 3 tutorials) in period 6
• exam (MC-questions) about the lectures and literature of period 6
• paper on the life review method assignment

At the end of the study period in 2018-2019 (during the summer), there
will be the opportunity for a retake of the assignment and exams.


See Canvas.

Custom Course Registration

Students should follow both Emotion, Cognition and Behaviour part 1, as well as Emotion, Cognition and Behaviour part 2 as part of the preminor Students need to enrol themselves by signing in for the course, lectures and exam via VUnet. Students cannot sign up for the work groups, this will be done via Canvas. You can only enrol for the preminor courses after the information session for the pre-minors early February 2020.

General Information

Course Code P_BEMCG_1
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition Dutch / English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.J. Zevalkink
Examiner dr. D.J. Zevalkink
Teaching Staff dr. D.J. Zevalkink
dr. L.M. de Wit
dr. N.M. van Atteveldt
dr. M. Luman
dr. J.M. Buil

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group