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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE
PSO2044195, 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
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
PS1932, 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 ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge JEFFREY WADE KIESNER M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social 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

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students should have taken at least one social psychology course, as well as at least one course in neuroscience and neuroscience methodology. Students should also have a good knowledge of English, as the class will be conducted in English.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will develop critical skills for understanding and evaluating studies in the areas of social psychology and social neuroscience. Special attention will be given to evaluating theoretical inferences derived from the specific methods and designs used in these areas of research. Students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of diverse methodologies used to study the neurologic basis of social psychology. Finally, students will be expected to understand the importance of studying both structural and neurochemical/neuroendocrine signaling pathways.
Examination methods: 33% - presentation of research articles (“Defense” of articles)
33% - presentation of research articles (“Critique” of articles)
33% - written exam
Assessment criteria: The two presentations will be evaluated on the student’s understanding of the specific study’s content, theoretical basis, methodological rigor, and the student’s critical evaluation of the study.

The written exam will focus on the student’s acquired knowledge of lecture material.
Course unit contents: During this course we will study diverse social psychological phenomena that have been examined in the context of neuroscience, with particular attention to decision-making, aggressive behavior, status, dominance, and racial bias/discrimination. In doing so we will (1) study diverse systems that are involved in the study of social neuroscience (structural/anatomical, neuroendocrinological,); (2) critically consider the methodological approaches used to study the associations between neurological systems and social behaviors/attitudes; and (3) evaluate the theoretical contributions of these approaches and studies. Students will be expected to develop critical scientific reasoning skills, in addition to a knowledge base in this area.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures focus on theories and empirical research. Students are encouraged to participate during lectures with questions and discussion. In addition to lectures, approximately 10 hours will be dedicated to discussing research articles presented by students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1) Lectures/Slides
2) Articles: Packet of Articles will be made available at the first lecture.
Suggested/Not Required: Harmon-Jones, E., & Beer, J. S. (Eds.). (2009). Methods in Social Neuroscience. New York: Guilford Press.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)