Biological Psychology studies the biological and genetic basis of human behavior. Theoretical knowledge of (molecular) genetics, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy is coupled to empirical research in population samples and in neurological and psychiatric patient groups. This yields an understanding of normal as well as abnormal brain function and behavior.
A substantial part of your training is devoted to practical skills with the techniques of genetic and psychophysiological research. Our courses in behavioral genetics are unique in the Netherlands. During these courses you learn to examine the role of genetic and environmental factors on individual differences in personality, lifestyle, and mental and physical health.
In the fields of behavior genetics and psychophysiology our department has a strong track record in training highly qualified scientific researchers. Job opportunities in these fields have been, and remain, very good.
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grounding in relevant disciplines. These courses are followed by a 5-
month work placement. You will have a wide range of work placement
opportunities to choose from, within the VU University Amsterdam and
of certain areas. We have constructed two tracks, namely Clinical and
translational neurosciences, and Fundamental neurosciences, which give
perfect start as a researcher in a particular field of neurosciences.