Program Details

This course provides you with a sound introduction to human cognition and how cognitive neuroscientists research it.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Program Overview

Program Description:

How does the human mind work? We all know the brain is responsible, but what are the mechanisms involved? How do our minds become conscious, perceive, remember and make important decisions? This course provides you with a sound introduction to human cognition and how cognitive neuroscientists research it. Provided by the world-renowned Cognitive Psychology Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, topics include consciousness and perception, brain networks and neuropharmacology, working memory, attention and cognitive control.

Moreover, we give you hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art tools and models used to investigate the functioning of the mind. This is your opportunity to plan and run a cognition experiment, measure eye gaze, analyse brain codes from MRI scans and interpret brain waves from EEGs. You will program your own computer task, analyse real data and present the findings.

Finally, you look at the practical side. What are the implications of brain and mind studies for design, way finding, marketing, health, safety, security and the law? The course includes an excursion and assignment organized in collaboration with one of our design or industry partners in the Amsterdam area.

Setting Description:
With over 180 unique nationalities, Amsterdam is a melting pot of cultures and embraces different cultures, religions, and lifestyles. 165 canals criss-cross the entire city, giving it its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’ The city also features more bikes than inhabitants! With a bustling creative industry, Amsterdam offers plenty of cultural activities and events throughout the year. In Amsterdam you can benefit from the advantages of a big city with enough quiet spots to kick back and relax.
1150 EUR. The tuition fee includes: • Airport pick-up service • Welcome goodie bag • Orientation programme • Course excursions • On-site support • Emergency assistance • Transcript of records after completion of the course

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.