N.B. Language of instruction is English at all times. Proficiency in English as well as a basic understanding of neurobiology are assumed.
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).
At the end of the course the student has acquired the following objectives:
The student has state-of-the-art knowledge about general brain-behavior pathways.
The student has insight into processes leading to brain pathology and the mechanisms of influence of neuropathology on neuropsychological functions.
The student is able to link neuropsychological functions, brain systems that are related to these functions, and the behavioral correlates.
The student has state-of-the-art knowledge of the etiology, assessment and treatment of brain disorders that affect behavior and social functioning.
The student has knowledge of neuropsychological assessment and treatment
The student is able to integrate scientific knowledge and insights with regard to neuropsychological assessment and treatment in his / her clinical work by transferring this in an understandable manner on parents and other professionals.
The student is able to critically use scientific knowledge and insights with regard to neuropsychological.
The student is able to write a scientific paper.
For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable
Mode of instruction
The course includes ten lectures and writing of a paper.
Written (open book) exam and paper.
The grade for the exam should be 5,5, or higher. The paper is graded in a pass/fail manner; in case of a fail situation there will be opportunity for a retake. A second fail requires re-taking the paper 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.
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).
NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis.
You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July. The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC)
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December. The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC)
By registering for a course you are also automatically registered for the Brightspace module and for the first sit of the exam of that course. Anyone who is not registered for a course therefore does not have access to the Brightspace module and cannot participate in the first sit of the exam of that course.
Also read the complete registration procedure