Behaviour and the Brain part 2: Attention


Course Objective

To provide insight into the biopsychosocial mechanisms that underlie
behavior, with a focus on drug use and addiction, learning and

Course Content

When we engage in behaviour, we often hope to gain something, to be
rewarded. To optimize the reward we receive, we exquisitely fine-tune
our behaviour and become expert reward-seekers. Our behaviour can lead
to positive effects, such as gaining new skills and achieving academic
success, but it may also have negative consequences, for instance the
short-term reward of drug intake may lead to addiction. During part I of
the course you will gain knowledge of the biological and psychosocial
processes that play a role in the search for rewards, in particular in
relation to drug use and addiction. The nature of drugs, their
short-term reward and related progression into addiction, as well as
non-drug related addictions will be addressed. In part II you will gain
insight into processes that guide our attention and learning and relate
this to drug use. Throughout the course you will also learn more about
the methods scientific research has at its disposal to increase this
knowledge. During the tutorials you will take on the role of an
experimenter who conducts a study related to the course topic and you
will lay down your "research findings" in a paper.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Method of Assessment

Part I: Assignments and poster
Part II: Assignments and research report

Additional Information

Students should follow both Behaviour and the brain part 1 : Addiction
(coordinated by Biological Psychology)
and Behaviour and the Brain part 2: Attention (coordinated by Cognitive

The course is taught in English

General Information

Course Code P_BBAA_2
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. W. Donk
Examiner M.G.J. Mulckhuyse
Teaching Staff M.G.J. Mulckhuyse

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group