Minor Brain & Mind
Discover the fascinating world of the Brain

What happens inside our head to make us think and act? This intriguing question has occupied many generations of scientists and can now be answered in a better way than ever before. Thanks to new technology and insights. And due to the fact, that classical disciplines like medicine, biology and psychology have merged into a new, multidisciplinary neuroscience, hosted by our center.

The minor Brain & Mind is developed in particular for students with a great interest but a limited, or no background in neuroscience, and traditionally hosts students from around the globe, as well as students from a variety of Dutch universities. Find here a short report at page 27 (in Dutch) about this year’s great start of the minor!

And find here more general information about the minor.


COORDINATION:Dr. Tinca Polderman
For REGISTRATION please visit the minor registration website. Our minor is part of Gezondheidswetenschappen.

TARGETGROUP: Third year BSc students alpha and gamma topics (Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Law, Artificial Intelligence etc.) and students from Lifesciences (Biology, Fysics, Chemistry, Medicine, Movement Science, Nutrition etc.) with a broad interest. Students of Biomedical Sciences and Health and Life Sciences as well as students that plan to pursue a career in Neuroscience can follow the more specialised minor Biomolecular/Neurosciences.

Anton Wrisberg, 3rd year BSc in Business Administration and Project Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 2016
This minor is majorly responsible for making my Erasmus exchange the incredible experience it was. Being a business student, there are not usually many options to study fields outside the social sciences. This minor gave me the option to pursue my existing interest in the brain, by offering a great array of courses. These ranged from introductory courses, which made sure all of us with non-clinical backgrounds were up to date with the latest findings, to courses challenging our views on heredity and artificial intelligence. I have previously been questioning my direction of studies and this minor gave me the final push to pursue a more cognition-focused education. Furthermore this minor presents a collection of bright like-minded students and I found many good friends in these classes - including my best friend from exchange, Giacomo. Any student – Dutch or international – just the slightest interested in the brain owes it to themself to take part in this minor!

Giacomo Bignardo, 3rd year BA, Arts and Music study, University of Bologna, Italy, 2016
What an experience! As a visual and performing arts student I wasn’t sure what to expect from this minor. Well, let me say that what I got was more than what I expected, and in a good way. First I met amazing people, like Anton for example, that have changed the way I interact with the world. That is not so uncommon I think, because the environment of students in the Minor is very diverse. I met guys and girls from around the world and from every kind of discipline. Then, the volume of information about the state of knowledge and research in neuroscience was really massive. Now I’m able to look more critically at scientific developments in this field. The only problem now is that I’ve developed a sort of addiction to neuroscience!. What a kind of experience! 



Cognitive Neuroscience: week 36-43, 2017
Nature versus Nurture: week 36-43, 2017
Brain in Trouble: week 44-51, 2017
The Developing Brain: week 44-51, 2017
Mind and Machine: week 2-5, 2018