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Brain Diseases


Entry requirements

Only open to students that are admitted to the Minor Brain and Cognition and that have completed the first part of the minor.


Lectures on several psychiatric and neurological disorders involving emotion and cognition, their etiology and epidemiology, diagnostic approaches and current and upcoming therapeutic options. The list of topics may vary but typically includes Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer, Synesthesia and Narcolepsy and Parkinson.

The course ends with a colloquium: Each group of students prepares an in-depth presentation on a topic from the course (selected from a list). The presentations should integrate approaches from Clinical Medicine, Psychology/Social sciences and Neuroscience.

Course objectives

  • Obtain basic knowledge on the spectrum of brain diseases affecting cognition and emotion.

  • Obtain basic insight in the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostics and treatments of some specific brain diseases.

  • Obtain insight in (upcoming) research approaches relevant for these disorders

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and tutorials

  • Colloquium (by students)


For the timetables of your lectures, workgroups, and exams, select your study programme. Always keep an eye on Blackboard and check with your course coordinator for potential changes. Psychology timetables Lectures

Assessment method

1) Working group assignments for which three pairs of students (preferably a combinations of students from different scientific backgrounds) each perform a sub-assignment. The whole working group will meet to discuss and integrate the various sub-assignments and integrate these into a presentation for the colloquium. Presentations will be judged on content by teachers and other students during a mini symposium. Assessment is on team level. Final grade for the colloquium is the average of the teachers and students grades.

2) Written exam, with 8-10 open questions based on the lectures and on the colloquium presentations

The final grade for Brain Diseases is the average of the final grade for the colloquium and the grade for the written exam.

Reading list

Will be made available on Blackboard.

Contact information

For your questions about the overall minor organisation, please contact the coordinator of the minor in Brain and Cognition
For your questions about registration, contact the OSC
For questions about the content of the course, please contact the course coordinators via the Secretariat Psychiatry