Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Cognitive Neuropsychology: From Patients to Functional Models

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 1040

As an advanced training in Cognitive Neuropsychology, the course aims to teach PhD students how to collect and interpret neurological patient data in order to test cognitive theories and build cognitive models. The emphasis will be on 'doing research'. Candidates will get an acquaintance with standard neuropsychological testing, will study documented examples of patient cases, and will build, run and analyse their own experiment. A special training in reviewing and reporting is included.

Cognitive Neuropsychology studies the functional disorders people suffer after brain injury in order to construct and test formal models of cognitive functioning. It is strongly driven by fundamental theory but also can have implications for clinical diagnosis and therapy. Cognitive Neuropsychology gives invaluable insights in how the human mind works and forms an indispensable instrument in the modern Cognitive Neuroscience toolbox.

Cognitive Neuropsychology has strongly been inspired by fascinating reports of patients such as Broca’s mister ‘Tan’, who could only utter a single world after frontal lobe ailment, and the tragic case of Henry Molaison who, following medio-temporal lobe surgical removal to treat epilepsy, could no longer remember any new events happening in his life. Studies with comparable groups of patients have further stimulated the field of cognitive neuropsychology

The course spans 6 full days of lectures and practical work, in which cognitive neuropsychology research examples and methods are discussed. Students have to do a short research project, including setting up and trying out their own cognitive neuropsychology experiment, and complete a number of writing assignments. Senior cognitive neuropsychologists give lectures and supervision.

The course will address history and methodology of cognitive neuropsychology research; statistical techniques; examinations in large clinical groups; disorders such as topographical amnesia, somatophrenia and other impairments of touch and body, visuospatial neglect.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Albert Postma

Target group

PhD students from the fields of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, biology, translational neuroscience, artificial intelligence, linguistics

Course aim

After this course, PhD candidates

a) will have gained new insights and skills in how to conduct cognitive neuroscience research

b) are able to read, evaluate and integrate in their own research, recent literature from the field of cognitive, clinical and applied neuropsychology

c) can directly strengthen their own PhD projects with new analytic and experimental approaches

Credits info

2 EC
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1040: Course + course materials + housing

Students from the Helmholtz Research School Netherlands, NCU Utrecht, the Utrecht Graduate School Life Sciences and the Utrecht Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences will receive a fee waiver.
EUR 700: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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