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School of Psychology
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
CLINICAL PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOSOMATICS
PSN1032260, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
PS1089, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICAL PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOSOMATICS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge DANIELA PALOMBA M-PSI/08

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSN1032260 CLINICAL PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOSOMATICS DANIELA PALOMBA PS1091

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

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

Syllabus
Prerequisites: It is assumed that students have basic knowledge on psychophysiology (the structure and functions of central and peripheral nervous system, research methods and techniques in psychophysiology) as well as on clinical psychology (general psychopathology, theoretical models and research methods in clinical psychology).
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at providing a general frame of Clinical Psychophysiology, its methods and common research protocols in dysfunctional and abnormal behaviour. The course will cover, in a psychophysiological perspective, anxiety and stress disorders, psychophysiological disorders (traditionally defined as psychosomatic disorders), mood disorders. Students will be also trained to apply psychophysiological procedures of assessment and treatment.
Examination methods: The exam includes a written test with multiple choice, Yes/No, completion and open questions.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of student knowledge will be based upon the ability to comprehend and report concepts and methods related to the issues examined during the course, as well as the capacity of application of skills acquired.
Course unit contents: - Clinical Psychophysiology: general framework;
- Psychophysiological assessment;
- Emotion, Anxiety and stress disorders;
- Mood disorders;
- Psychophysiological disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will cover the course topics with the aid of audiovisuals. Seminars and practical exercises addressing specific topics will provide deeper knowledge of research protocols and assessment or treatment procedures in clinical psychophysiology.
Students will then move on to a thorough study of the course contents using textbooks. Also, students will have the opportunity, during the course, to test their preparation for the exam.
Based on the availability of the Laboratories of Psychophysioogy at the Department of General Psychology, lab sessions will be organized in order to promote application of practical skills.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reviews or book chapters, course-related pdf files, or papers used during the course will be available for students at the Moodle website, School of Psycology.

Basic knowledge in psychophysiology can be obtained by reaading the textbook. Pennisi P., Sarlo M. Indici elettrofisiologici in Psicologia, CLEUP, 1998.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Palomba, D. & Stegagno, L., Psicofisiologia clinica. Roma: Carocci, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Resick, P.A., Stress and Trauma. Hove (UK): Psychology Press, 2001. solo Capp. 1 e 4 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Keller J, Hicks B.D., & Miller G.A., Psychophysiology in the study of Psychopathology. In Cacioppo, Tassinary & Berntson (Eds) Handbook of Psychophysiology (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Rassegna: pp. 719-750