Plasticity and Memory

Studying the mechanistic underpinnings and behavioural consequences of long-term changes in neural structure and function.

Memory is at the very heart of our personality: the countless snapshots of our daily experiences have a pervasive and enduring influence on the self. But how are these memories organised in the brain and how are they given value and meaning? The specialisation in Plasticity and Memory looks at the development and decay of the healthy and the maladaptive brain. The goal is to understand various types of neuroplastic changes in the brain, specifically in patients with for example Alzheimer’s disease, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, autism, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD.

You’ll study diverse brain functions by measuring and manipulating cognitive, emotional, hormonal and neural mechanisms, as well as by (epi)genetic fingerprinting and developing cell and animal disease models. You’ll learn to do research towards patient care that individualises the diagnostic approach and therapeutic and care interventions. Aim is to obtain an optimal fit with patient characteristics and individual preference.

A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes. Graduates of this specialisation may more readily find a position with one a government institution or specialised companies (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry).

Why study Plasticity and Memory at Radboud University?

  • Our researchers use genetic, molecular and cellular methods, animal models, as well as human neuroimaging and cognitive neuropsychology. For the latter we work with both, healthy subjects as well as patient groups.
  • This specialisation works closely with the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), also housed on the Radboud University campus.
  • And the advantages of the Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience in general.