14 days
850 EUR/full
850 EUR/full
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In this Interpersonal Neuroscience - Connecting People Through Their Bodies and Brains course, from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam we will bring you up to date on the latest developments in the intriguing field of interpersonal neuroscience. 

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to VU Amsterdam Summer School! Previous students exclaimed finding our summer school absolutely wonderful, interesting and fun yet also tremendously helpful for their professional and academic careers.

We understand the situation is very uncertain and we therefore offer free cancellation and a full refund until 1 May. Are you ready to unlock your potential?

In this Interpersonal Neuroscience - Connecting People Through Their Bodies and Brains course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will be taught basic research skills so that you can both analyse and conduct your own interpersonal neuroscience studies. 

We will provide you with essential tools for understanding the applications of interpersonal neuroscience in real-world domains such as psychotherapy, romantic relationships, teaching, and team work.

This summer course aims to provide students with:

  • Knowledge of the latest developments in interpersonal neuroscience.
  • Basic research skills which they can use to conduct and analyse interpersonal neuroscience studies.
  • Tools for understanding the real-world applications of interpersonal neuroscience. 

Knowledge Objectives

  • To grasp the main theoretical perspectives of interpersonal neuroscience. This includes perspectives such as dynamical systems theory, embodied and situated cognition, and coregulation theory.  
  • To be up to date regarding the latest key research findings in interpersonal neuroscience. This includes brain-to-brain coupling, interpersonal physiological, interpersonal movement dynamics, and linguistic alignment.
  • To integrate insights from these theoretical perspectives and research findings

Programme Structure


  • The field of interpersonal neuroscience signifies a major paradigm shift in the study of the human brain. While neuroscience has traditionally focused on studying the individual brain, which has come to be known as ‘the ‘Lone Ranger’ approach (Rimé, 2009), interpersonal neuroscience encourages new ways of thinking about the brain and, indeed, about thinking itself. 
  • Is cognitive activity confined to single brains, or is it distributed across brains and bodies? 
  • Do behavioral problems stem more so from the difficulties one brain has in coupling with other brains than they do from a single brain’s malfunctioning?
  • These questions demonstrate the new, interpersonal approach to thinking about the brain which could lead to novel ways of intervening and improving human functioning. 


This course is primarily intended for students, Ph.D. candidates and professionals in (social) psychology, (social-cognitive and cognitive) neuroscience, and linguistics. It can be a great course especially for Advanced Bachelor (Honors) students who are interested in writing their thesis on interpersonal neuroscience.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 14 days

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On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a print screen of your most recent grades is sufficient and needs to include your name and the name of your University)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    850 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.



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