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Cognitive Neuroscience

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Cognitive Neuroscience is a two year master program in English at Radboud University.

Cognitive neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. This relatively young discipline seeks to unravel the workings of the human brain.

What happens in our brains when we do what we do? How do those billions of nerve cells collaborate in an organ no bigger than half a football?

If you want to know the answers of these questions and would like to conduct research into the workings of the brain, then Cognitive Neuroscience is your program.

Research in the field of cognitive neuroscience is one of the spearheads in the research policy of Radboud University Nijmegen. Scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces within the context of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) to study the human brain.

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cogntion and Behaviour has four research themes and these themes are expressed in the form of four specialisations:

Language and Communication studies the acquisition, understanding and production of language;

Perception, Action and Control studies basic sensorimotor aspects as well as the cognitive, contextual and social components of perception-action coupling;

Plasticity and Memory studies the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioral consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function;

Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication studies the interaction between and within groups of neurons, and with the outside world.

Location: Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Duration: 2 years

Specializations: Language and Communication, Perception, Action and Control, Plasticity and Memory, Brain Networks and Neuronal

Main subjects: Trends in cognitive neuroscience, Neuroimaging I, Neurophilosophy, Lab rotation, choice of: Neuroimaging II: haemodynamic methods or Neuroimaging II: electrophysiological methods

Possible careers: a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry, PhD in Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (DGCN) and International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), a cognitive neuroscientist at rehabilitation center.

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of cognitive neuroscience (must apply within five years after completion of the bachelor)
  • Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • Copy of ID card
  • Two recommendations from professors
  • English Certificate
  • IELTS with a minimum of 7 points; TOEFL Internet version at least 100 or TOEFL 250 computer version; Cambridge Certificate Advanced Level (CAE)

* The program can be started in September or February

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