Genes, Cognition, and Behaviour

Integration of neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and cognitive psychology

Genes, Cognition and Behaviour

In this minor, you will gain comprehensive knowledge about the interplay between genes, cognition and the brain and how these affect our behaviour. You will learn to read and value literature on the genetics of health and disease, cognitive processes concerning perception, attention, awareness, and memory, and neuroscience. You will also learn to set up and perform psychophysiological and neurocognitive experiments and analyze large genetic datasets. This English minor is the choice for students who want to continue in academic science or work in a job in which research skills are needed. At the end of the track Genes, Cognition and Behaviour, students will: 

  • have acquired knowledge of the relation between genes and behaviour and (psychological) disease, and between cognition, brain, and behaviour; 
  • be acquainted with the current literature on behaviour genetics, cognition, and neuroscience; 
  • have knowledge and skills to perform simple psychophysiological and neurocognitive experiments; 
  • have knowledge and skills to analyze (genetic) datasets and report on scientific findings.

Integration between disciplines 
The integration between disciplines, such as behavioural genetics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience plays a central role in this minor. Students learn to think critically about how knowledge of the human genome, cognition, and the brain can be applied to deal with a large variety of fundamental and applied questions concerning human behaviour.

Overview courses:

  • Behaviour genetics is concerned with the interaction between genes and environment and its influence on behaviour and health.
  • Current topics in cognition focusses on mental processes such as perception, attention, awareness, and memory, and how these can be understood from a cognitive, neuroscientific,  and behavioural perspective.
  • Research toolbox focuses on experimental skills and techniques required to study cognition and the brain in relation to behaviour
  • Analysis Toolbox focusses on statistical programming.
  • Psychophysiological measurements aims to teach skills and techniques for psychophysiological measurements. 
For more specific information about each course, please visit the study guide.
  • Research toolbox focuses on experimental and signal analysis skills.
  • Analysis Toolbox focusses on statistical programming.
  • Cognitive Neuroscience is concerned with cognition and brain.
  • Behavior genetics is concerned with the interaction between genes and environment and its influence on behavior.
  • Psychophysiological and cognitive applications aims to teach skills for psychophysiological and cognitive research.

For more specific information about each course, please visit the study guide.

Admission and registration

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

This minor is open to third year BSc students from Psychology. After consultation with the course coordinator, other third year BSc students with a background and interest in Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Artificial Intelligence may also be eligible.

Registration
Please visit the application procedure for information.

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact Dr. D. van ‘t Ent (d.vant.ent@vu.nl). 


Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

This minor is open to third year BSc students from Psychology. After consultation with the course coordinator, other third year BSc students with a background and interest in Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Artificial Intelligence may also be eligible.

Registration
Please visit the application procedure for information.

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact Dr. D. van ‘t Ent (d.vant.ent@vu.nl). 


Questions about the programme


If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact Dr. D. van ‘t Ent (d.vant.ent@vu.nl). 

Overview Genes, Cognition and Behaviour

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 semester (30 EC)

START DATE

1 september

FIELD OF INTEREST

Behavioural and Social Sciences
Health and Movement

FACULTY

Behavioural and Movement Sciences

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