PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS

Second cycle degree in CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: CHIARA SPIRONELLI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: For students of the Master Degree in Clinical Psychology (M1B), the course is viewed as an extension of several basic courses (i.e., Psychobiology, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry).
The course examines the principles underlying brain functioning in psychoses, with many links to neuroanatomy, neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry.
Students should already have an adequate knowledge of cognitive processes and anatomo-physiological bases of the central nervous system.
Examination methods: The written examination consists of 32 multiple-choice questions, in English. Time limit: 30 minutes.
Registration for the written examination is mandatory on UNIWEB, 10 to 5 days before the date of the examination.
Course unit contents: - Brief introduction to Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
- Methods and experimental techniques in psychobiological research
- Schizophrenia: genetic, biological (neurodevelopment hypotheses, structural and functional brain abnormalities, neurochemical changes), environmental and psychosocial factors; pathogenetic hypotheses and models.
- Bipolar Disorder: genetic, biological (structural and functional brain abnormalities, neurochemical changes), environmental and/or psychosocial components; pathogenetic hypotheses.
- Cluster A Personality Disorders (Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal): genetic, biological (structural and functional brain abnormalities, neurochemical changes), environmental and/or psychosocial components; pathogenetic hypotheses.