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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


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable


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 early August. 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)

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Mode of instruction

8 lectures (2 hours each)

4 seminar meetings (2 hours each)

Assessment method

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 (lectures, seminar meetings, and assessments).

The details regarding inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Brightspace.

Reading materials

Chapters from books and scientific papers, including:

  • Haaland, K. Y., Dum, R. P., Mutha, P. K., Strick, P. L., & Tröster, A. I. (2017). The neuropsychology of movement and movement disorders: Neuroanatomical and cognitive considerations. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 768-777.

  • Kremen, W. S., Panizzon, M. S., & Cannon, T. D. (2016). Genetics and neuropsychology: A merger whose time has come. Neuropsychology, 30, 1–5.

  • 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.