Brain & Cognition 3: Cognitive Neuropsychology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3BC15E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryB3 (Third year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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dr. I.A. Brazil
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prof. dr. R.J. van Lier
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Contactperson for the course
dr. H.E.M. den Ouden
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dr. H.E.M. den Ouden
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dr. H.E.M. den Ouden
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Academic year2023
PER1  (04/09/2023 to 03/11/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPositive BSA required
20 Non-Psychology students are allowed to register for this course: register via
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Upon completing this course, you will have gained insight in the field of Cognitive Neuropsychology, focussing on the key relationships between the brain, cognition and behaviour. 

1. Processes and mechanisms: You can describe psychological functions / phenomena such as language, learning, memory, cognitive control, perception, attention, emotion and social cognition, in terms of neurocognitive processes and mechanisms. You can explain how and why key experiments have been informative to (in)validate specific hypotheses and theories regarding these psychological functions. (EK1.2)

2. Analysis and diagnostics: On the basis of theoretical insights in the psychological functions mentioned in (1.), you can analyse and interpret disturbances in these functions in patients (EK1.3, 1.4)

3. Research methods: You can explain the advantages and caveats of different research methods used in the general and clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neurosciences, and apply this knowledge to evaluate the results from key experiments. You can select the appropriate research method for a scientific or clinically relevant diagnostic question and base this choice on sound arguments  (EK1.4)

4. Neuroanatomical basis: For these psychological functions and associated neuropsychological disorders, you can name the most important neuroanatomical structures/regions and argue why these play an important role in this psychological function/disorder. You can also explain/predict how lesions or disturbances in specific anatomical structures will lead to specific deficits and problems (EK1.2, 1.3)

This course is aimed at the general principles of cognitive neuroscience, and is a continuation of the courses B1:‘Brain & Cognition: an introduction, and B2: Clinical Neuropsychology. Students who have successfully completed the course SOW-BKI136 Brain (AI) are also eligible to follow this course.

The following themes will be discussed: Attention and perception, executive functions (working memory, cognitive control), emotion, social cognition, language. Within these themes, the emphasis will be on the underlying cognitive processes and their neural substrates, with a focus on gaining an understanding of the research that taught us what we know about these processes.  This course offers a theoretical framework of the fundamental principles of cognition and behaviour; additionally, this course provides insight in the potential underlying causes of problems in cognition and behaviour. 

Presumed foreknowledge
Required knowledge

SOW-PSB1BC06E Brain & Cognition 1: Introduction


SOW-BKI136 Brain.

Presumed knowledge
SOW-PSB2BC10EA Brain & Cognition 2: Clinical Neuropsychology

Exchange students: basic knowledge on brain topography and vocabulary, neural processing and neuroimaging. Basic understanding of various areas of cognitive neuroscience,

Strongly motivated students who don’t meet the prerequisites can also attend, but should be prepared and willing to put in extra effort.
Test information
One final examination, consisting of closed (primarily multiple-choice) questions. The examination covers the six topics of the course: language, memory, cognitive control, perception/attention, emotion and social cognition.

Required materials
Gazzaniga, M., Ivry, R.B. & G.R. Mangun (2019). Cognitive Neuroscience. The Biology of Mind. 5th ed. W.W. Norton & Company. Can be bought via: SPiN members get a discount.
Title:Cognitive Neuroscience. The Biology of Mind
Author:Gazzaniga, M., Ivry, R.B. & G.R. Mangun
Publisher:W.W. Norton & Company

Instructional modes
Type of instructional modeLecture

One to two lectures a week

Question-and-answer seminar
Type of instructional modeResponse course

One question and answer session per week with the possibility to ask questions from the lecturer about the directly preceding lectures.

Final grade
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2