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Entry requirements

Mandatory course for CNP, open to all CNP Master students.

Course description

To diagnose and treat neuropsychological disorders, clinical neuropsychologists need to have an in-depth understanding of the relationship between brain and behaviour across the lifespan. This course provides insight into neurocognitive processes relevant for the field of clinical neuropsychology. By deepening fundamental knowledge about neuroanatomy and its link with cognition, this course provides students with a theoretical framework for application in clinical practice and scientific research.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Relate neuroanatomy and brain functioning to cognitive processes over the lifespan

  2. Explain theories of neurocognitive processes and predict implications for assessment of behaviour

  3. Explain and compare common neuropsychological tasks and paradigms to assess neurocognitive processes

  4. Identify strengths and limitations in the presentation and interpretation of test results in clinical neuropsychology


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


You must register for each exam in My Studymap at least 10 days before the exam date. You cannot take an exam without a valid registration in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

8 lectures (2 hours each)

4 seminar meetings (2 hours each)

Assessment method

80% Exam – 40 MC questions (course objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4)
20% Oral presentation – during seminar meeting (course objective 4)

Students will have to obtain a 5.0 or higher for each element. The final weighted grade should be 5.5 or higher.

All literature, contents of the lectures and seminar meetings are part of the exam material. Attendance is mandatory for all seminar meetings. The course is taught in English (lectures, seminar meetings, and assessments).

The details regarding inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Brightspace.

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

Reading materials

Chapters from books and scientific papers, including:

  • Haaland, K. Y., Dum, R. P., Mutha, P. K., Strick, P. L., & Tröster, A. I. (2017). The neuropsychology of movement and movement disorders: Neuroanatomical and cognitive considerations. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 768-777.

  • Kremen, W. S., Panizzon, M. S., & Cannon, T. D. (2016). Genetics and neuropsychology: A merger whose time has come. Neuropsychology, 30, 1–5.

  • Makin, T. R., & Orban de Xivry, J. J. (2019). Ten common statistical mistakes to watch out for when writing or reviewing a manuscript. eLife, 8, e48175. doi:10.7554/eLife.48175

Details regarding the reading materials for each lecture and seminar meeting will be announced on Brightspace.


Dr. Marit Ruitenberg