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Targeted action: there is more to it than you think
How do you pick out your own glass of beer out of all the other glasses on the bar? How do you find your way in a building? How do you walk from one room to the other - and how do you do that with your eyes closed?
How do you perceive colour under constantly changing lighting conditions? How does a tennis player prepare himself to return a ball which yet has to be played? And what role do eye and head movements play in this? How are we able to write?
Catching a ball, grabbing a cup, writing down a sentence: these are all targeted actions that you often perform without thinking about them. Performing perceptuomotor tasks as a team such as in sports, understanding the actions of others,
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1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Behavioural Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or a related discipline.
2.A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a.A TOEFL score of >600 (paper based) or >100 (internet based)
b.An IELTS score of >7.0
c.Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3.Specialisation specific requirements
€2,143 (from EEA countries); €12,645 (from non-EEA countries)
Whenever I tell people that I studied in Nijmegen, I am always as impressed and surprised that people have heard of this city as people heard of my home country Taiwan. Before telling you my valuable experience about studying the Research Master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS) at Radboud University, let me first tell you the story how I got there all the way from the Far Far Away.
During my undergraduate study, I was fortunate to be an exchange student for one full year at Leiden University. I enjoyed the international academic atmosphere and that experience encouraged me to come back to Europe for a Master’s study. I found Radboud University via the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is THE PLACE for people who are interested in Human mind and Language like me.
In the first year, I received the Radboud Scholarship Programme which was largely the reason why I could afford to study abroad; in addition, I was an assistant at the MPI where I had the opportunity to work closely with Dutch students. In the second year, I received a Huygens Scholarship from the Dutch government.
Meanwhile, I started a one-year internship at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
CNS is a two-year research Master’s which is tailor-made for students who are interested in research. Half of the curriculum contains general topics in cognitive neuroscience while the another half is specific to one of the three tracks in the programme. In the second year, it is required to conduct a complete research project. The project can be determined by your interest, or any existing in cooperation with other researchers. This will bring you practical skills for doing scientific research based on the theoretical knowledge and other skills you have acquired previously. If you are interested in doing research, the solid training in CNS programme is something which you definitely do not want to miss.
The language of instruction is all in English in this programme and the students are coming from different corners of the world. The learning environment is stimulating and the cooperation between institutes makes a multidisciplinary CNS study possible and exciting. International students who shared a similar interest and those who traveled for this interest could consequently understand each other well and be in good company. My stay in Nijmegen did not only teach me about cognitive neuroscience, but also about life itself and most importantly about myself.
“I wanted to study the entire brain and I found Radboud University’s multidisciplinary approach makes that possible. For every problem I faced in my research, I always found someone right on campus with the knowledge to help. Even researchers outside my team took the time to talk to me. I found it almost shocking how the principal investigator interacted with me; he was really interested in what I had to say. Every idea was valid. In Mexico there is more hierarchy. I learned about the power of collaboration: you need to share knowledge to gain more knowledge. Even when I leave Nijmegen, I will not lose the network I made.
Almost everyone here is interested in each other’s research. They ask questions that help me see my research in a new light.”
'Hands-on research experience with state of the art methods'
Jasper Poort is an alumnus of the Master's Programme in Cognitive Neuroscience. He specialised in Perception and Action.
"In the first year of the programme you're busy with the courses of your specialisation, the common and the choice courses. This will give you a broad understanding of the field of cognitive neuroscience as well as the opportunity to specialise in the direction you choose. One thing I like in particular about the courses is that there is plenty of room for active participation. Instead of presenting information as facts, a great deal of discussion and reasoning goes on in which you are expected to take part. The courses are not limited to the things we think we know, but outstanding questions and controversial subjects are also pointed out.
In the second year I did my internship at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in a project that made use of MEG to find out more about the coupling of brain areas during the performance of a motor task. It is a real privilege to get hands-on research experience with state of the art methods in a place where people with lots of expertise surround you. I'm currently a PhD student at the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences in Amsterdam studying visual attention. I feel that the Master's programme is an excellent preparation for doing research: it offers both a thorough theoretical background in the different disciplines of cognitive neuroscience and the practical skills and methods you will need."
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