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Neuroscience (Clinical assessment and treatment)


N.B. Language of instruction is English at all times. Proficiency in English as well as a basic understanding of neurobiology are assumed.

Admission requirements



The Neuroscience (Clinical assessment and treatment) course focuses on the relationship between brain and behavior in children. Central is a neuropsychological model, which explains how the relation between brain and behavior is mediated by neuropsychological functions.

The model provides a means to explain how brain pathology can lead to behavioral problems. The course teaches the fundamentals of neuroscience and the important aspects of neuropsychological functions (such as attention, language, social cognition and executive functioning).

Special attention will be given to the etiology, assessment, and treatment of disorders that are related to brain pathology, such as psychiatric problems (e.g. ADHD), neurological disorders (e.g. acquired brain injury), and genetic syndromes (e.g. Sex Chromosome Trisomies).

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of neuroscience and neurosystem development.

  • Knowledge of the neuropsychological functions, the brain systems they relate to, and the behavioral correlates.

  • Insight into processes leading to brain pathology and the mechanisms of influence of neuropathology on neuropsychological functions.

  • Knowledge of the etiology, assessment and treatment of brain disorders that affect behavior.

  • Integrating a neuroscientific perspective into clinical practice.

  • Scientific writing skills.

Mode of instruction

The course includes ten lectures and writing of a paper.

Assessment method

Written exam and paper.

The paper is graded in a pass/fail manner; in case of a fail situation there will be opportunity for re-examination. A second fail requires re-taking the course in the following year.

N.B. It is NOT a requirement to pass the paper before taking the exam. However, both exam and paper need to be completed successfully in order to pass the course.


Detailed information is provided on Brightspace. It is important to consult this information throughout the course.

Reading list

  • English-language scientific articles and/or book chapters selected by course co-ordinator.

  • Optional for Dutch-speaking students: Klinische Kinderneuropsychologie (Swaab, Bouma, Hendriksen en König, Eds, Boom, ISBN 978-90-8953-4859).



Students need to register for lectures in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration.


Students are not automatically registered for exams. They can register themselves in uSis until 10 calendar days before the exam date at the latest. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the exam.

Please consult the course and exam registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

Contact information

Co-ordinator of the course is J.C. Bouw MSc.