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Important Note

  • All Semester II bachelor and master psychology courses and examinations (2020-2021) will be offered in an on-line format.

  • If it is safe and possible to do so, supplementary course meetings may be planned on-campus. However, attendance at these meetings will not be required to successfully complete Semester II courses.

  • All obligatory work groups and examinations will be offered on-line during Central European Time, which is local time in the Netherlands.

  • Information on the mode of instruction and the assessment method per course will be offered in Brightspace, considering the possibilities that are available at that moment. The information in Brightspace is leading during the Corona crisis, even if this does not match the information in the Prospectus.

Entry requirements

Mandatory course for CNP, open to all CNP Master students.

Course description

To diagnose and treat neuropsychological disorders, clinical neuropsychologists need to have an in-depth understanding of the relationship between brain and behaviour across the lifespan. This course provides insight into neurocognitive processes relevant for the field of clinical neuropsychology. By deepening fundamental knowledge about neuroanatomy and its link with cognition, this course provides students with a theoretical framework for application in clinical practice and scientific research.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Relate neuroanatomy and brain functioning to cognitive processes over the lifespan

  2. Explain theories of neurocognitive processes and predict implications for assessment of behaviour

  3. Explain and compare common neuropsychological tasks and paradigms to assess neurocognitive processes

  4. Identify strengths and limitations in the presentation and interpretation of test results in clinical neuropsychology

Course set up

8 lectures (2 hours each)

4 seminar meetings (2 hours each)


80% Exam – 40 MC questions (course objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4)
20% Oral presentation – during seminar meeting (course objective 4)

Students will have to obtain a 5.0 or higher for each element. The final weighted grade should be 5.5 or higher.

All literature, contents of the lectures and seminar meetings are part of the exam material. Attendance is mandatory for all seminar meetings. The course is taught in English.

Reading materials

Chapters from books, including:

  • Baars, B., & Gage, N. (2010). Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (2nd Edition). Elsevier: Amsterdam.

  • Makin, T. R., & Orban de Xivry, J. J. (2019). Ten common statistical mistakes to watch out for when writing or reviewing a manuscript. eLife, 8, e48175. doi:10.7554/eLife.48175

Details regarding the reading materials for each lecture and seminar meeting will be announced on Brightspace.