MSc Psycholog - Specialisation in Neuropsychology Are you fascinated by the relationship between the brain and behaviour? Would you love to learn more about neuropsychiatric disorders like attention deficits, schizophrenia and dementia? Are you curious about how certain drugs can influence the processing of information in our brain? Then you should consider specialising in Neuropsychology. The programme focuses on normal and deviant behaviour in relation to brain structure and function. You'll study congenital, acquired or degenerative brain dysfunctions; related neuropsychiatric disorders; and the neuropharmacological mechanisms that underlie behaviour. After you’ve finished your master’s, you'll be a versatile and skilled researcher capable of pursuing a successful career at a university, research institute, hospital, rehabilitation centre or pharmaceutical company.
The programme has four compulsory courses that cover the basic neurobiological and cognitive affective mechanisms underlying the behaviour of healthy subjects and patients with neurological or psychiatric diseases:
- Brain damage: focuses on patients with brain damage whose condition can provide us with insights into how the brain works in relation to behaviour.
- Behavioural disorders: focuses on cognitive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric conditions and explores neuropsychological mechanisms and treatment strategies.
- Arousal and attention: introduces key theories about arousal and attention and integrates these with knowledge from psychopharmacology to understand related diseases, such as insomnia and ADHD.
- Aging: focuses on basic theories and neurobiological processes of age-related cognitive decline that is often found in dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to the core courses, you'll also get practical training focused on neuropsychological diagnostic skills and you'll be familiarised with psychological research methods. You'll receive training in designing and applying diagnostic and experimental instruments as well as in assessment procedures for analysing, interpreting and reporting on the data (obtained, for example, from simulation patients or experiments). During the second semester, you'll complete a research or clinical internship and write your master’s thesis.
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Last updated August 1, 2016