Neuropsychological Dysfunctioning in Psychiatric Disorders


Course Objective

The aim of the course is:
• Understanding potential neurobiological factors underlying different
psychiatric disorders from a neuroanatomical, neuropsychological, and/or
neuropharmacological basis, and
• Applying this knowledge to develop and discuss a research proposal.

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
• Explain potential neurobiological factors underlying different
psychiatric disorders
• Create and evaluate a research design to examine or treat the
neurobiological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders

Course Content

The objective of this course is to bridge the gap between neuroscience
and clinical psychiatry, by understanding potential neurobiological
factors underlying different psychiatric disorders. The course will
cover the neuroanatomical, neuroendocrine, neuropsychological, and/or
neuropharmacological basis of different psychiatric disorders, as well
as knowledge of neuroscientific and behavioural interventions that may
influence or restore neuropsychological or clinical symptoms in
patients. Students will be learn to understand common psychiatric
disorders from a broad perspective and will be able to not only
understand the neurobiological and behavioural level of these disorders,
but also to understand how these two are related and how one might
explain or influence the other.

The course consists of a series of lectures, in which each lecture
covers a specific psychiatric disorder from a neuroscience perspective.
Each lecture will cover current knowledge about the disorder from
different angles, such as neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neurophysiology
neuropharmacology. Furthermore, connections will be made between these
different angles (e.g. 'is there a specific brain network implicated in
the pathophysiology of this disorder', or 'how is the neurophysiology
connected to the behavioural symptoms?').

Teaching Methods

(Guest) Lectures and peer feedback

Method of Assessment

Exam, writing assignment

Entry Requirements

Basic knowledge of psychiatric disorders, cognitive neuropsychology, and
neuropharmacology is required.


Scientific papers (will be provided via Canvas)

General Information

Course Code P_MNDPD
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. N.C. de Knegt
Examiner dr. N.C. de Knegt
Teaching Staff dr. N.C. de Knegt

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture