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Human Potential: Application


Admission requirements

Master’s students Psychology


This course complements the course “Human Potential: Theory”, but the two courses are set up to allow for a reversed order. How can theoretical knowledge be applied to enhance productivity, creativity, memory, well-being and self-regulation? The knowledge acquired here can be applied by (human resource) managers, educators and people working with older adults; in product development, governmental policy and public interest.

Lecture overview:
1) Introduction + Enhancement@school (G. Band)
2) Enhancement in sports and creativity (G. Band)
3) Enhancement for older adults (G. Band)
4) Ethics, Individualized approach, Statistics, and Methodology (J. Groeneweg)
5) Enhancement@work (to be announced)
6) Policy making (to be announced)
7) Enhancement@traffic (W. Verschuur)
8) Design and product development (P. Haazebroek)

Students will also perform case studies on the basis of interviews and literature reviews.
Case studies, e.g.:

  • How to optimize performance of shift workers

  • How to foster creativity and productivity

  • Brain-based views on education

  • Physical and mental fitness

Course objectives

After this course, students have obtained experience with applying cognitive enhancement techniques and views for application in a variety of fields.


Human Potential: Application (2011-2012)

Mode of instruction

  • 8 lectures x 2 hour

  • 2 colloquia x 1 hour

  • Individual work on case studies with individual supervisor

Assessment method

Two individual case study reports

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

  • Selected journal articles (appr. 250 pages)

  • Individual literature (appr. 200 pages)

Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Contact information

Dr. G. Band
Room 2A47
Tel: 071-5273998