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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

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.

Assessment method

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.

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).


It is mandatory to register for each course via uSis. This applies to both the lectures and the working groups, even if they take place online. Without a valid registration in uSis you will not be able to participate in the course and you will not have access to the Brightspace module of the course.

In addition, it is also mandatory to register separately in uSis for each exam (i.e. both the first exam opportunity and, if necessary, the resit) in uSis. This also applies to partial examinations in a course. This is possible up to 10 calendar days prior to the exam. You cannot take the exam without a valid registration in uSis.

NB If the exam concerns a paper or a practical assignment, you do not need to register in uSis.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Contact information

Co-ordinators are: J.C. Bouw MSc and E.L. Urbanus MSc