Netherlands, Amsterdam

The Emergent Mind

when 17 June 2019 - 27 June 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 499

The brain is one of the most complex structures we've ever tried to understand. It consists of 86 billion interconnected neurons that somehow conspire to bring about our mental lives. They do so by forming networks at various scales: local neural networks are themselves part of larger constellations that in turn form interconnected regions that constitute the brain. The result is a complex, dynamic system that has global properties which cannot be reduced to the properties of its building blocks.

In the ABC Summer School "The Emergent Mind", we will introduce the complex systems approach to study mind and brain. We will take an interdisciplinary journey along neural networks, mental processes and the molecular machinery of the neuron, to see how concepts like 'emergence', 'resilience' and 'complex adaptive systems' can be used across the disciplines that span brain and cognitive sciences.

Target group

Student profile
The ABC Summer School is open to Master's students and PhD candidates in in fields relating to cognitive (neuros)science, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, etc.

Fee info

EUR 499: Tuition Comparable Master's Program at a non-Dutch University and PHD candidates
EUR 0: Brain and Cogntive Sciences students, UvA and Comparable Master's Program at a Dutch Universities-student pay NO fee


If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer programme.