Brain and Cognition

Why study Master Brain and Cognition

What is this specialisation about?

We are transported to an imaginary world when we read a story merely by looking at black marks on a white sheet of paper. We can rapidly decide if an animal is a cat or a dog, even though we have never seen the particular animal before. When something in our environment appears to be threatening, we automatically focus on its movement and shape rather than on its colour and other details.

Memory, language, categorisation and emotion are all cognitive functions. Sophisticated and theoretically motivated experimental studies can enable a better understanding of the way the brain operates while executing these functions.

The human brain has an immense capacity to process information and represent the outside world. As psychologists who study this field we ask critical questions. An example of such a critical question is: how are the various brain structures involved in processing emotions, actions, language and concepts? By combining biological and cognitive perspectives on brain functioning we can try to answer this question.

Human cognition is a puzzling phenomenon.
Prof. Dr Rolf Zwaan
Coordinator of the programme
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This study programme provided me with an understanding of what it means to be a human being, including all our perfections and imperfections.
Arnout Boot
Student Brain and Cognition
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Why study this master programme in Rotterdam?

  • You will gain theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to tackle questions with regard to brain functioning and cognitive emotional processes;
  • You will work in small groups to solve problems you can encounter in the field (i.e. problem-based learning approach);
  • This programme offers an excellent preparation for a career in education, business or research.

Problem-based Learning

Why study at Erasmus University Rotterdam?

Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. EUR offers 13 selective bachelor programmes, and more than 50 top master programmes, taught in English.

Erasmus University traces its origins back to 1913. The university has become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research. Our 30,000+ students come from more than 100 countries all around the world.

Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.

Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.