Cognitive Neuroscience


Course Objective

Introduction to the field of cognitive neuroscience: understanding the
biological mechanisms underlying cognitive processes such as learning
and memory, discussing recent developments in the field with leading
scientists, and acquiring knowledge on how the brain, and its different
cell types, systems, and function.

Course Content

In the first course of this Minor, you will learn the basics of
cognitive neuroscience through a series of introductory lectures on
brain function and (dysfunctional) cognitive behavior. More
specifically, we will teach you the structure and function of the major
building blocks of the brain, ranging from single cells to neuronal
networks, and from emotion to motor control. We combine workshops and
keynote lectures, delivered by renowned neuroscientists, to discuss
recent advances in the field of learning and memory, brain plasticity,
and brain disease (e.g., developmental disorders, Angelman syndrome,
PTSD). Finally, you will learn about frontier brain imaging methods
(e.g. MRI) and experience various technical approaches to measure the
brain (e.g., histology) in hands-on practicals.

Teaching Methods

Lectures 25 hours 44% 2.6 ECTS
Workshops 16 hours 28% 1.7 ECTS
Practicals 6 hours 11% 0.7 ECTS
Keynote lectures 8 hours 14% 0.8 ECTS
Quiz 2 hours 3% 0.2 ECTS

Total 57 hours 100% 6.0 ECTS

Method of Assessment

Written exam & assignments

Entry Requirements

No special requirements.


Recent literature, to be announced at the start of the course.

Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Carlson, Neil R.
(9th edition)

Exam material:
CH2, CH3, CH5, CH6 (pg. 136 - 146), CH7 & CH12

Target Audience

Open to students from all educational backgrounds (e.g., exact, social,
life and economic sciences) with an interest in the brain and mind.

Additional Information

Coordinators: Christiaan de Kock and Martijn van den Heuvel.
No special requirements to be met.
Part of minor Brain and Mind.
This minor course requires a minimum of 25 participants to take place.

General Information

Course Code AB_1056
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. C.P.J. de Kock
Examiner dr. M.P. van den Heuvel
Teaching Staff dr. S. van der Sluis
prof. dr. S. Spijker
dr. C.P.J. de Kock
dr. P. Rao MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Computer lab, Study Group, Lecture, Practical