Cognitive Neuropsychiatry

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode MLBCNC07
Vaknaam Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Cognitive Neuropsychiatry: Neuropsychology of Psychopathology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) describe neuroanatomical and neurocognitive models/hypotheses underlying prominent symptoms in psychiatric disorders;
2) translate research questions with regard to prominent psychiatrics symptoms into hypotheses that can be tested
within the context of the cognitive neuropsychiatry approach;
3) analyse important similarities and differences between hypotheses/ neurocognitive models explaining different
4) design and present new research questions and research plan based on existing cognitive neuropsychiatric
5) judge the merits of using functional neuroimaging techniques for the advances in psychiatry, but also be able to defend the methodology despite important caveats.
Omschrijving In this course the focus is on hallmark symptoms occuring in the following psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit disorder and autism. The neurocognitive mechanisms thought to underlie disruptions in perception, mood regulation, threat sensitivity, attention, and social behavior will be discussed.
Thereby, students will acquire knowledge and insight into the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms that underlie psychiatric symptoms. During the lectures, the readers will present a comprehensive overview of the literature and competing neurocognitive theories that serve as frameworks to study the psychiatric abnormalities. Implications for treatment options will also be discussed.
During these lectures, ample attention will be given to the advantages and caveats of using neuroimaging techniques to study neuropsychiatric disorders. During the workshops, students will learn to critically evaluate literature and to use the presented material to formulate new research questions and research plans. Forms of discussion will include a debate and presenting a
scientific poster with new research ideas.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
(Presence during all lectures and workshops is mandatory, and students are required to contact the coordinator in case they cannot attend a part of the course. Together, a solution for the missed classes will be formulated.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Grade = 0.6 x written examination (5 open questions and 10 MC questions) + 0.1 x essay + 0.3 oral presentation. All assignments and the written exam should be higher than 5.5. in order to pass.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. M.J. van Tol
Docent(en) prof. dr. A. Aleman ,dr. M.J. van Tol
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Peer-reviewed articles
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit does not assume prior knowledge acquired from previous course units or degree programme(s), though basic knowlegde on clinical psychology or brain anatomy is helpful.
Opmerkingen Max 25 students. The course unit is often followed by, or prepares students for, BCN ReMa students, but is also interesting for students following the
clinical neuropsychology MSc programs, or any other program that focuses on understanding psychiatric symptomatology.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Behavioural Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I b keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Modelling  (Compulsory course units) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Molecular & Clinical Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I b keuze