My first moments in Groningen were rather overwhelming. I come
from a small village in Germany so it was a big change. Also, the
university where I previously studied was very small; I was not
used to having so many people around. I also had to get used to
speaking English. After I arrived, I took an intensive Dutch course
for a month, only to find out afterwards that this was not
necessary since everyone here speaks good English.
What motivated me to study psychology was a book by Daniel
Kahneman called ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’. I was so
intrigued about finding out more about psychology that I dropped my
computer science programme and switched to the UG. Kahneman’s
main research field in psychology is cognitive psychology. My
favourite course unit in the Bachelor’s programme was also
cognitive psychology. These factors inspired me to choose the
Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology (CPP) track; I think it
is the most interesting topic in psychology.
The CPP programme is very practical. You learn how to conduct
research by using different instruments. There are many course
units where you learn how to use tools such as eye-trackers and
EEGs, or understand the principles underlying fMRI and TMS. In the
field of cognitive psychology, it is essential that you are able to
work with these tools.
The structure of this programme is a bit different to the other
programmes. You follow all your course units during the first
semester, and during the second you only write your thesis. I think
this structure is very beneficial for students, since you have all
the theoretical knowledge before writing your thesis.
Robin Hake, 24, masterstudent in Cognitive Psychology and