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Second cycle
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degree courses
School of Psychology
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
PSN1032285, 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 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 GIULIA BUODO M-PSI/08

Mutuated
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSN1032285 AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY GIULIA BUODO PS1932
PSN1032285 AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY GIULIA BUODO PS1091

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 6.0

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

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

Calendar
Start of activities 09/10/2017
End of activities 12/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: It is assumed that students have adequate knowledge on the structure and functions of central and peripheral nervous system, and on general psychopathology (acquired over the course of the first three years of study).
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide an introductory overview of the field of Affective Neuroscience and research methods in this field, with a thorough account of the neural basis of fear, reward and aggression. Then, course topics will cover the contributions of Affective Neuroscience to the understanding of psychopathology, with reference to anxiety and mood disorders, psychopathy and schizophrenia.
Examination methods: The exam includes a written test in English, with multiple-choice, true/false, and open questions.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to the understanding of course topics, and the knowledge and integration of key concepts, processes and research methods in the field of Affective Neuroscience.
Course unit contents: - Affective Neuroscience: general framework
- Research methods in Affective Neuroscience
- The neural basis of fear, reward and aggression
- Anxiety and Depression
- Psychopathy
- Schizophrenia
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons will cover the course topics with the aid of audiovisuals. Participation in class discussions will be highly recommended. Students will then move on to a thorough study of the course contents using the indicated textbook and reviews.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course material will be available at the School library (“Servizio stampe”).

For students who may lack adequate prior knowledge, the following text is suggested: Bear, M.F., Connors, B.W., and Paradiso, M.A. (2007). Neuroscience: Exploring the brain. 3d ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Berntson, G.G., Cacioppo, J.T., Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences. --: --, 2009. Chapters 37, 39, 40, 41, 54, 55, 56, 57 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ochsner, K.N., Silvers, J.A., Buhle, J.T., Functional imaging studies of emotion regulation: a synthetic review and evolving model of the cognitive control of emotion.. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.: 1251, E1-E24, 2012.