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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070657, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SPATIAL COGNITION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge CHIARA MENEGHETTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory aspects of psychology (perception, memory, learning), models of cognitive psychology and individual differences.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the course students will be able to:
- make appropriate use of the key terms referring to spatial cognition
- know the main models and paradigms for acquiring, forming, maintaining and retrieving spatial information
- know and gain competence in the use of the main research methods, paradigms, stimuli for studying spatial information processing, the formation and retrieval of spatial representations.
Examination methods: The final exam is written and covers all the topics considered in the course material.
The exam will last one hour and includes:
1. multiple-choice and true/false questions
2. open-ended questions
Assessment criteria: The assessment will consider:
1. knowledge of main models, approaches and studies on spatial cognition
2. the ability to apply knowledge gained from the course to questions related to space and individual cases
Course unit contents: The course content includes:
- definition of spatial cognition and key concepts (i.e. cognitive map, spatial knowledge and representation, spatial thinking, spatial memory, navigation, wayfinding, individual differences, features of environment and space)
- spatial development, spatial learning, academic achievement and practical implications
- orientation, navigation and wayfinding
- spatial information acquired from spatial language, maps and virtual exploration
- features of buildings and natural settings in the environment
- individual differences in processing and representing spatial information: differences in spatial abilities, attitudes and strategies, gender-related differences.
- neuropsychology of space
- spatial and social cognition, and self.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures
Simulations and games
Self-assessments with quizes and open questions
Tutorials in the classroom, in the field and in the lab.
Small group activities
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course material includes book chapters and papers. All papers and some chapters (available on line) will be posted on Moodle; chapters unavailable on line will be printed and made available by the printing room at the “F. Metelli” library (via Venezia, 12/2 - 35131 Padova;
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)