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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032205, 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
PS1091, 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
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge GIOVANNI GALFANO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General 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
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

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

Prerequisites: Basic notions in cognitive psychology and methodology. Basic English
Target skills and knowledge: The main purpose of this course is to provide Italian and foreign students with direct laboratory experience with various paradigms and phenomena related to human cognition. The course also aims to familiarize Italian students with the English lexicon related to experimental psychology.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 20 written multiple choice questions. In order to participate in the final exam, it is MANDATORY to book using UNIWEB.
Assessment criteria: The exam will test both general and specific knowledge covering all the notions that have been discussed during the lectures.
Course unit contents: We will start with methodological issues related to experimental psychology and work our way up from lower-level perceptual aspects of cognition, such as vision and object recognition, and then on to higher-level cognitive abilities. The phenomena that will be illustrated and discussed will concern, among others, visual illusions, the pop-out effect, the Simon effect, the Stroop effect, orienting of attention. Considerable effort will be made to keep theory and lab practice parallel. Basic methodological aspects underlying the different experimental paradigms will also be given strong emphasis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will be given in English. The lectures will benefit from the use of specific software aimed to generate psychological experiments. This will enable simulating different experimental situations typically occurring in the lab. Hence, students will have the opportunity to participate to the lectures in an interactive manner by experiencing some of the cognitive phenomena directly in the classroom. In addition, students will also be required to take an active part in psychology experiments in the lab. In so doing, students can learn first hand how research in experimental psychology is done. Participation and selection of experiments will be illustrated during the course. In light of the nature of the course, students are strongly invited to attend to the lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: There is no textbook for this course. Material for the course (in English) will be made available on a lecture by lecture basis. Other readings (e.g., journal articles) may be added later.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)