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Advanced Topics in Biological Underpinnings of Psychopathology


Admission requirements

MSc Psychology (research) students


This course consists of small interactive seminars and covers topics such as brain structure and functioning in relation to psychopathology, biological treatment , psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. In the small interactive seminars students will work together on an assignment and prepare an oral presentation on biological aspects of psychiatric disorders.

Last years the topic covered was “What is the impact of psychotherapy and medication on brain functioning. What do they share. Where do they differ? How and why do Adverse Events in childhood lead to (psycho)pathology”.

Course objectives

Student should have a basic knowledge about issues relating to the biological aspects of ( psycho)pathology 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.


Mode of instruction

Seminars including a work visit to a mental health organisation.

Assessment method

Quality of written essay and presentation of results and, depending on level and individual performance, 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 blackboard.leidenuniv.nl

Reading list

Higgins, E.S. and 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)

Contact information

Prof. dr. Erik Hoencamp
Room: 2B51
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3377
E-mail: ehoencamp@fsw.leidenuniv.nl