This teaching programme covers relevant topics of Cognitive Neuroscience and reflects the research expertise of the ‘Cognitive Neuroscience’ group at the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (M-BIC). By addressing key issues in perceptual and cognitive brain research, you will build a detailed understanding of how the ‘working’ brain perceives, feels, moves, learns and creates a conscious mind.
Specific course topics include auditory and visual perception, attention, language, sensorimotor functions, learning and memory as well as brain connectivity and connectomics and neuroimaging in disorders of consciousness. Moreover, you learn to translate this knowledge in empirical research by extensive hands-on training in all aspects of the experimental cycle, including experimental design, recording and manipulating brain activation, and advanced data analysis.
You work with the international and multidisciplinary M-BIC team, including psychologists, biologists, physicians, engineers, physicists, and computer scientists. The M-BIC offers a unique research infrastructure with (ultra) high field imaging facilities (3T, 7T) and one of only five 9.4T systems worldwide, as well as fully equipped EEG, fNIRS and TMS/tDCS laboratories. Research is organized around perceptual, cognitive and methodological themes as described on the M-BIC website.
Examples of applied/clinical research projects include fMRI-based neurofeedback therapy (e.g. depression, spider phobia), brain-based communication in locked-in patients, TMS/tDCS-guided brain recovery after stroke or brain injury, brain-based assessment of dyslexia intervention, tinnitus remediation and hearing-aid applications.
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Excellent graduates from a university bachelor’s programme are admissible to the Research master’s programme Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Each year, the programme will admit a maximum of 20-25 students to each of the six specialisations.
The Board of Admissions has not set a minimum GPA as an admission requirement. Although your academic record is an important indicator of your suitability for this programme, the Board of Admissions will base its decision on your total application.
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