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School of Psychology
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND FORENSIC PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
PSP3049865, 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 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND FORENSIC PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
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 GIUSEPPE SARTORI M-PSI/02

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSP3049865 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND FORENSIC PSYCHOPATHOLOGY GIUSEPPE SARTORI PS1091

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

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 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
GNOATO FRANCESCA (Membro Effettivo)
POLEZZI DAVID (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The students are required to have basic knowledge of neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology, psychopathology and psychiatry.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will be required to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical ability on the following topics: 1) using the psychological expertise in the forensic setting; 2) using instruments from psychological disciplines and research in the forensic setting; 3) writing an expert’s opinion report.
Examination methods: The exam includes both a written and an oral test. The written exam will focus on the student’s acquired knowledge of lecture material and the students will be required to answer to open questions. The oral examination is mandatory, but only students receiving a positive evaluation to the written exam will be admitted.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of student ‘s knowledge will be based upon the following criteria:
- Knowledge of the basics notions of forensic neuropsychology and psychopathology;
- Ability to apply the psychological knowledge into the forensic activity;
- Ability to use appropriate terminology.
Course unit contents: Hints of law for psychologists:
- The civil trial: Natural incapacity, mobbing, moral and existential damage, biological and psychical damage, interdiction, incapacitation, parental capability, foster care during divorce
- The criminal trial: liability; feigning and malingering; social dangerousness; defendant’s personality; etc.
- Testimony: testimony eligibility; evaluation of testimony instruments
Experts’ opinion examples both in the civil and in criminal settings.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will cover the course topics. Real criminal and civil cases will be presented. Experts’ opinion reports will be critically analyzed and discussed.

Practical exercises on real forensic cases will be held.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested reading for basic notions in clinical neuropsychology:
Grossi D., Troiano L., Lineamenti di Neuropsicologia clinica. Carocci Editore, 2011.

Suggested readings for further study:
Fornari U., Trattato di Psichiatria Forense - Quinta Edizione. Torino: UTET, 2013.
Gulotta, G. Compendio di Psicologia Giuridico-forense. Giuffrè Editore, 2011.
Ferracuti S., Lagazzi M., Psichiatria Forense Applicata. Milano: Centro Scientifico Editore, 2010.

Foreign students can take the exam in English. They are invited to contact prof. Sartori for all information concerning the exam study materials in English.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stracciari A., Bianchi A., Sartori G., Neuropsicologia forense. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2010. Da studiare per intero Cerca nel catalogo
  • Documento della British Psychological Society, Memory and the Law.. --: --, --. http://www.forcescience.org/articles/Memory&TheLaw.pdf
  • Gulotta G., Camerini G.B. (a cura di), Linee Guida Nazionali. L'ascolto del minore testimone. Milano: Giuffrè Editore, 2014. Da studiare per intero Cerca nel catalogo