In the Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation, you'll study the human brain and how it relates to cognition, perception and behaviour. The programme combines in-depth knowledge on human brain function and cognition with practical training in applying non-invasive brain imaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI.
MSc Psychology - Specialisation Cognitive Neuroscience
The teaching programme covers relevant topics of Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS), and reflects the research expertise of the group ‘cognitive neuroscience’. Students learn about CNS theories, and how to measure and interpret human brain activity, using imaging techniques to observe (fMRI, EEG/MEG), and modulate (TMS) the brain ‘at work’.
Study key issues in perceptual and cognitive brain research
How does our brain separate the sound of a Ferrari from the background noise of other car engines, or the face of a friend from other faces in a crowd? How do different parts of the brain interact when we perform everyday activities like riding a bicycle, typing a summary and drinking a cup of coffee? And how are fMRI signals related to neural activity? If these questions intrigue you, the Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation of the master's in Psychology might be a good fit for you. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of human brain function and cognition, and you'll get practical training in the application of non-invasive brain imaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI. Upon graduation, you'll be an expert in cognitive psychology as well as in neuroscientific methods, leaving you well-equipped for a career in applied and clinical research at universities, research institutes, educational institutes or commercial research organisations.
Excellent staff, excellent facilities
You will work within an international and multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, biologists, physicians, engineers, physicists, and computer scientists: all members of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (MBIC). This center offers a unique research infrastructure with the newest ultra-high field imaging facilities.
The Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation focuses on the normal brain and the acquired knowledge directly contributes to clinical applications such as:
neurofeedback for the treatment of depression
brain-based communication in locked-in patients
guiding brain recovery after stroke or brain injury