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GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSICOLOGIA GENERALE

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Mirta Vernice by appointment only (send an e-mail to mirta.vernice@uniurb.it)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Psychology - Sciences and Techniques (L-24)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course aims at providing students with the state of the art of research in the field of general psychology. To this aim, the course will deepen the theoretical principles of the main cognitive functions (for example, memory and attention) and the main basic processes (for example perception and emotions) of psychology. At the end of the course, the student will show general knowledge about: i) the main research methods in psychology; ii) basic cognitive processes (perception, attention, learning, memory, language and communication); iii) thinking and emotions.

Program

The program is divided into three parts and will cover the following topics.

Part 1: Psychology as a science

Topic 1: From common sense psychology to scientific psychology

Topic 2: Methodology of research in Psychology

Part 2: From sensation to language

Topic 1: Sensation and perception

Topic 2: Attention and executive functions

Topic 3: Memory systems

Topic 4: Attention

Topic 5: Language

Part 3: From emotions to intelligence

Topic 1: Emotions

Topic 2: Motivation

Bridging Courses

None.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

  • Knowledge and understanding: The student will master the basic notions of the different theoretical approaches in the field of general psychology;
  • Applying knowledge and understanding: The student will demonstrate an understanding of cognitive functions involved in specific clinical situations or psychological interventions;
  • Making judgements: The student must show the ability to implement the theoretical models to describe the results of the empirical studies proposed during the classes; the student must be able to master the specific language for the description of basic psychological phenomena;
  • Learning skills: The student must be able to critically evaluate materials related to scientific researches in the field of general psychology.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Slides and relevant papers will be made available through the blended learning platform.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures.

Attendance

Attendance is optional but is highly recommended.

Course books
  • Feldman, R. S., Amoretti, G., Ciceri, M.R. (2021). Psicologia generale (IV Edizione) [Chapters: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11]. McGraw-Hill Education.
  •  Vernice, M. (2013). La raccolta e l’analisi dei dati linguistici. (pp. 1-14). In S. Rastelli (Ed.), La ricerca sperimentale sul linguaggio: acquisizione, uso, perdita. Pavia: Pavia University Press. (available on the blended learning platform).
  • Dell'Acqua, R., & Galfano, G. (2012). L'attenzione. In R. Job & R. Cubelli (Eds.), I processi cognitivi (pp. 93–120). Roma: Carocci Editore. (il capitolo sarà caricato sul sito blended).
  • Baroni, G., Pellicano, A., Borghi, A.M., Rumiati, R., Nicoletti, R. (2012). Le nostre reazioni di fronte ai guadagni e alle perdite. In Belelli, G., & Di Schiena, R. (Eds.). Decisioni ed emotioni: Come la psicologia spiega il conflitto tra ragione e sentimento. (pp. 64.84). Bologna: Il Mulino. (il capitolo sarà caricato sul sito blended).
  •  Scientific papers available online.
  • If needed, Erasmus students can ask for a textbook in English.

    Assessment

    A written test consisting of three open questions. Students will have to summarize as well one of the scientific papers that will be presented during the course. The exam will last 25 minutes.

    Additionally, the student will have to submit a short essay based on a scientific paper that will be presented during the course.

    The evaluation criteria are the following: 1) relevance and effectiveness of the answers in relation to the contents of the program; 2) degree of articulation of the answer; 3) adequacy of the language used.

    The final evaluation will range from a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 30 cum laude.

    Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

    Didactics

    Non-attending students must refer exclusively to the books listed in the course books section. Non-attending students will have the same requirements as attending students.

    Attendance

    Attendance is optional.

    Course books

    Non-attending students must refer exclusively to the books and chapters listed in the course books section.

    Assessment

    There are no differences with respect to the requirements for attending students.

    A written test consisting of three open questions. Students will have to summarize as well one of the scientific papers that will be presented during the course. The exam will last 25 minutes.

    Additionally, the student will have to submit a short essay based on a scientific paper that will be presented during the course.

    The evaluation criteria are the following: 1) relevance and effectiveness of the answers in relation to the contents of the program; 2) degree of articulation of the answer; 3) adequacy of the language used.

    The final evaluation will range from a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 30 cum laude.

    Notes

    None.

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