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School of Psychology
DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
PSO2044206, 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
DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
PS1090, 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 DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA

Lecturers
Teacher in charge TERESA FARRONI M-PSI/04

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSO2044206 DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE TERESA FARRONI PS2292

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 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 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge on general Cognitive functions like: perception, attention, language and memory
Target skills and knowledge: Theoretical background of the development of the neural basis of cognitive function.
Basic knowledge of neural development of cognitive functions and methods to study the neural mechanism of cognitive development.
Examination methods: The exam will be oral and in English
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the final mark to the oral exam plus the evaluation of the presentation/discussions given by the students in the class
Course unit contents: We will consider questions such as: What is the nature of developmental change? What are the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive, perceptual, social, and emotional development during infancy and childhood? We will also evaluate implications of findings from developmental cognitive neuroscience for broader scientific issues including nature vs. nurture, critical periods in development, and the modularity of mental functions. An integral part of the course will be careful consideration of the major methods of developmental cognitive neuroscience including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), recordings of evoked response potentials (ERPs), and behavioral marker tasks. We will devote particular attention to the unique challenges of applying these methods to the study of infants and children in typical and atypical development.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class sessions will usually consist of short lectures period followed by a student led group presentation and discussion of the weekly readings. In addition, we will visit different labs on campus to learn more about the methods and issues of developmental cognitive neuroscience. The course will be entirely in English
Additional notes about suggested reading: Scientific papers will be suggested in addition to the text book
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M.H. Jhonson. UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2015, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. uk: Blackwell Publishers, --. IV edizione
  • edit by John Rubenstein and Pasko Rakic, Neural Circuit Development and Function in the Brain Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience. --: Elsevier Inc, 2013.