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Course module: 500832-M-6
Psychosomatic Models of Explanation
Course info
Course module500832-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Medical and Clinical Psychology; Medical and Clinical Psychology;
Is part of
M Medical Psychology
prof. dr. W.J. Kop
Other course modules lecturer
dr. H.M. Kupper
Other course modules lecturer
dr. P.M.C. Mommersteeg
Other course modules lecturer
dr. I. Nyklicek
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/01/2020 up to and including 02/08/2020
These are the course's overarching learning goals covering the content and skills domain.
Domain: Content
PART I: stress physiology
  • Understand stress theories and be knowledgeable on patterns of stress reactivity
  • Understand stressphysiological systems and their interactions
PART II: application to disease models
  • Interpret and integrate the effects of stress physiological processes as mediators of the association between psychological risk factors and disease progression
  • Evaluate the moderating role of protective psychological factors on biological processes associated with somatic disease progression
  • Evaluate the moderating role of protective psychological factors on biological processes associated with somatic disease progression
Domain: skills
  • Create tables and figures displaying associations of psychological factors with biological processes involved in health and disease
  • Deduce a schematic process model from a scientific text
Students will be required to:
  1. Attend the practical sessions
  2. Deliver 2 graded assignments (25%) and take a written exam (MC & open-ended questions; 75%). Both need to be completed at least sufficiently.
Recommended Prerequisites
VWO Biologie, bachelor keuzecursus Biologische Psychologie
Outline of course:
Part 1 Stress models & physiological stress reactivity
Lecture 1. Introduction into psychosomatic models: building a stress model
Lecture 2. Hormonal stress response
Lecture 3. Psychoneuroimmunology: the role of the immune system in stress & distress
Lecture 4: Cardiovascular stress physiology
Lecture 5: Are we our genes?
Lecture 6: Connecting the emotional brain and the heart
Part 2 Applying stress models & stress physiology to health & disease
Lecture 7: Psychophysiological correlates of personality and their effect on cardiovascular health
Lecture 8: Psychosomatic Models of fatigue & stress-related disorders
Lecture 9: Psychophysiological mechanisms in the relation between depression & diabetes
Lecture 10: The psychophysiology of respiratory disease
Lecture 11: Psychoneuroimmunology of cancer
Lecture 12: Physiological effects of rumination & mindfulness
There are two assignments that will fulfill the skills learning goalds of the course.

Type of instructions
Oral and Practical Lectures (sheets in English)

Type of exams
Final written exam (Open-ended and MC questions; 75%) & 2 assignments (together 25%)

Contact person
dr. H.M. Kupper
Timetable information
Psychosomatic Models of Explanation
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 2111-06-2020
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 2203-07-2020
Required materials
Recent (review) articles in interdisciplinary journals. For details see syllabus and digital learning environment.
Recommended materials
For those students with an insufficient background in Biology (no high school exam, no Biological Psychology courses in bachelor), this book serves as a comprehensive basis. Relevant sections should preferably be read before the start of the course.
Title:Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function
Author:Eric Widmaier, Hershel Raff, Kevin Strang
Publisher:McGraw Hill Education Europe

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