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Advanced Topics in Biological Underpinnings of psychopathology


Admission requirements

Research Master students


This course consists of a combination of general plenary lectures and smaller interactive seminars. The plenary lectures will cover topics such as brain structure and functioning in relation to psychopathology, biological treatment and psychopharmacology. In the smaller interactive seminars students will work together on an assignment and prepare an oral presentation on biological aspects of psychiatric disorders.

Course objectives

Student should have a basic knowledge about issues relating to the biological aspects of psychopathology and its interaction with the environment. Further a more than basic knowledge of specific issues as specified in the research question to be addressed during the course.


Please contact the teacher.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and seminars including working visit to a mental health organisation.

Assessment method

Written essay and presentation of results, multiple choice exam and depending on level and individual possibilities additional tasks.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

E.S Higgens,M.S.George. (2007). The Neuroscience of Clinical Psychiatry. The Pathophysiology of behavior and Mental Illness. Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott Williams & Wilkens (ISBN 13 978-0-7817-6655-5)


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Prof. dr. Erik Hoencamp
Room: 2B51
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3377