The psychology of individual differences strives to understand how and why people differ in their cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. These individual differences have their origin in the interaction between genes and environmental exposures. Moreover, individual differences are expressed in physiological functioning, which may have consequences for health and disease. The current course addresses the biological processes underlying individual differences by a discussion of psychophysiological processes and measures related to individual differences. The course also zooms in on the genetic underpinnings of individual differences by examining principles and applications of human behavioral genetics. Students will learn to assess psychophysiological parameters in experimental and naturalistic settings and will be introduced to the principles of behavioral genetic analysis.
After completion of this course students …
1. Can analyze and explain the complex relations between mental and bodily processes in the context of individual differences, making use of important psychological theories on individual differences and the psychological sub-discipline of psychophysiology
2. Understand and are able to discuss the role of genes and environment in determining individual differences in personality, psychopathology, and how they relate to psychophysiological processes
3. Can discuss measurement considerations regarding the psychophysiological processes, and integrate these with theoretical knowledge on individual differences to design, execute, report & reflect on psychophysiological experiments in individual differences research.
Students are required to
* attend 100% of the classes and practicals
* complete the graded assignments (25%, retake = one large alternative assignment), and the written exam (75%) with at least a sufficient grade.
The assignment grades are valid for a period of 2 years.