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The Adolescent Brain


Entry requirements

Only after completing Developmental and Educational Psychology or a similar course. For admission requirements, please contact the study advisor


This course aims to examine adolescent development from a neuroscientific perspective. Adolescence is a period of vast changes in the biological, cognitive, and social domains. During the eight lectures within this course we will focus on social, emotional, and cognitive changes across adolescence and their links with biological and neural development. The course will provide an introduction to social developmental neuroscience, with a special focus on structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging methods and brain development, and will further focus on the links between brain development and socio-emotional development across adolescence. Most recent models of brain development will be used to extend our knowledge of current theories of adolescent development and to inform our understanding of the mechanisms behind social and emotional changes in adolescence. By doing so, this course offers a unique neuroscience background to understanding child and adolescent development.

Course objectives

  • to understand social and emotional development based on mechanisms of brain development across adolescence;

  • to have insight in neuroscience research methods and experimental designs; and

  • to be able to indicate how a neuroscientific perspective can extend our understanding beyond traditional theories of adolescent development.


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables




Students need to register for lectures, workgroups and exams.
Instructions for registration in courses for the 2nd and 3rd year

For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements, please contact your exchange coordinator.


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures

Assessment method

The course grade will be determined by a final written examination. The written examination will be composed of open-end essay questions.

Regulations on grade calculation.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

Papers will be announced on Blackboard.

Contact information

Dr. Berna Güroğlu