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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
FORENSIC NEUROSCIENCE
PSP7078019, 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 2.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination FORENSIC 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 ANDREA ZANGROSSI MED/26

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 2.0

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 2.0 14 36.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2018 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 ZANGROSSI ANDREA (Presidente)
SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: In order to properly deal with the course, basic knowledge of neuropsychology, psychopathology and psychiatry (acquired during Bachelor’s degree courses) is required.
Target skills and knowledge: This course gives a theoretical and practical introduction to Forensic Neuroscience.

Students will be asked to acquire knowledge and basic abilities in:
1) integrating different psychological disciplines for real-life forensic applications;
2) using psychological tools in real-life forensic applications;
3) principles of writing an effective psychological forensic consultation.
Examination methods: The exam includes a written multiple-choice test and an oral examination.
The oral examination is mandatory after a positive evaluation of the written test.
Assessment criteria: Students’ evaluation will be based on the following parameters:

- knowledge of basic notions of Forensic Neuroscience;
- ability of reasoning to apply psychological knowledge to real forensic cases;
- precise exposition of contents.
Course unit contents: - Law principles for forensic psychologists
- Some fields of application of forensic psychology and neuroscience (with real examples):
• Biological or Mental impairment
• Evaluation of "mens rea"
• Malingering
• Competence to stand trial
• Witness testimony
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be held through frontal lessons. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all the lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study material will include student’s notes about the topics discussed during lessons, scientific papers suggested and two documents downloadable from the web:

• Neuroscience and the Law: https://royalsociety.org/~/media/Royal_Society_Content/policy/projects/brain-waves/Brain-Waves-4.pdf
• Memory and the Law: http://www.forcescience.org/articles/Memory&TheLaw.pdf
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)