Specialization: Neuropsychology and Neuroscience

 Aims of the specialization

The main aim of this specialization is to provide students with a solid foundation in the increasingly critical field of the brain and behaviour science. The specialization will give students the possibility to study relevant theories, current research as well as the clinical and experimental methods of  investigation. The specialization will consist of two main parts: clinical and experimental. The clinical module will help students to understand the problems of work with individuals with different brain dysfunctions. The experimental module will give the opportunity to learn about the most current methods of research in neuroscience.  The  students will also be given the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in both clinical and experimental areas of research.

List of courses:

  • Introduction to Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroanatomy and Neurology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Perception, Attention and Action
  • Language and the Brain: Clinical Consequences of Damage
  • Introduction to Functional Imaging of the Human Brain (lecture)
  • Introduction to Functional Imaging of the Human Brain (lab)
  • Basic Issues in Neuropsychological Assessment
  • The Brain Mechanisms that Control the Three States of Consciousness
  • Animal Models in Psychological Research
  • Neuropsychological Methods in Social Psychology

The specialization is relatively new, so the list of courses might be slightly modified. In order to finish the specialization, a student needs to complete all offered courses. The specialization might be smaller than 48 ECTS, therefore each student needs to remember to take courses from other specializations in order to complete the requirement of obtaining at least 48 ECTS from specialization courses.

Career opportunities:

As neuroimaging technology has become widely used, the knowledge on the brain and behaviour relationships is necessary for nearly every psychologist in every subfield of psychology. Thus graduates from the specialization will be provided with knowledge and skills suitable for working in many fields of psychology. The two most important are:
a) Clinics and hospitals (different units, eg. neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, geriatry)
b) Neuroscience labs

Courses within the specialization Neuropsychology and Neuroscience offered in the spring semester 2016/17 academic year:

(Note: the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience specialization takes place in 2-year cycles. It means that classes are planned to repeat every 2 years. Most of the below classes do not take place every year!)

TitleCourse TypeHoursECTS CreditsInstructorsDescription
Cognitive Development from Prebirth to Old Age: A Research Perspectivelecture172Hokkanen Laura (Prof.),
Launes Jyrki (Prof.)
Computer-Aided Neuropsychological Rehabilitationlecture152Kruszyński Mateusz (MSc)
Executive Functions in Neuropsychological Practice – a New Approachseminar152Malinowska Ewa (PhD)
From Symptom to Diagnosis - Methods of Neuropsychological Evaluation in a Neurosurgery Clinicclass302Bala Aleksandra (PhD)
Introduction to Functional Imaging of the Human Brainclass303Riegel Monika (MSc),
Wierzba Małgorzata (MSc)
Methods of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Practiceclass152Wiśniowska Justyna (MSc)
Neuropsychology of Agingseminar152Gawron Natalia (PhD)
Neurosurgical Diseases from the Perspective of Clinical Neuropsychologyseminar142Bala Aleksandra (PhD)
Psychopharmacology for Psychologistsseminar152Marcopulos Bernice (Prof.)