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Psychology: Brain & Cognition in Society (track)

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Society's interest in the brain and mind has exploded in recent years. This is due in part to increased scientific knowledge about the relationship between cognitive functions, like attention and memory, and performance in every-day life, as well as to technological advances that have provided unprecedented insight into the brain’s workings and new methods that allow continuous monitoring of behavior or cognitive and bodily functions (e.g., internet, wearables, smartphone apps).

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Brain & Cognition in Society
What happens in society is in the end all caused by human behaviour. Whether it's about the way we behave towards one another or how business are trying to sell you their products, or how politicians or NGO's are trying to get your attention. That's why psychology and neuroscience are vital.

Study programme

In this Master's track you learn to apply knowledge from the field of Brain and Cognitive Sciences to answer important societal questions. You learn to set up applied experiments, and to translate empirical findings into practical advice.

The primary focus in the curriculum of the master track Brain and Cognition in Society is on how theoretical and methodological knowledge from the field of brain and cognition can contribute to answering societal questions.

This track provides you with the

Latest insights from the field

Acquire methodological, statistical and practical skills

Strong emphasis on

real-world problems 

Bridge the gap between science and society


The mastertrack Brain & Cognition in Society provides its graduates with the necessary theoretical, intellectual and empirical tools to find work in an applied context. Previous graduates continued their careers in the following fields:

  • psychology
  • (neuro-)marketing
  • consultancy
  • education
  • government

Is Brain & Cognition in Society for you?

Are you interested in:

  • what happens in our minds, in our brains?
  • learning how to influence the way humans think, decide and act?
  • applying knowledge about brain and cognition to societal and business questions?
  • creating things instead of taking a lot of exams?
  • science but not in pursuing an academic career? 

Then Brain & Cognition in Society might be the track for you!

Feiten & cijfers
Diploma MSc Psychologie
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 60 EC, 12 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 66604