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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070339, A.A. 2017/18

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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge MASSIMO GRASSI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses 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: None. Lectures and materials will be in English.
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims at introducing the student to the most advanced issues of the Psychology of Music. The student will be also introduced to the necessary information about the psychology of hearing and the research methods of the field. Whenever it is possible, the student will be introduced to the application of the concepts of psychology of music in the everyday life.
Examination methods: Written. The exam is a questionnaire. The student will respond to the questions via computer. The questions are multiple choice questions and true/false questions. It is possible to ask for a "top up" oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The exam will assess the overall knowledge of the student.
Course unit contents: The course will be divided in two parts. In the first the student will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of music, acoustics and psychology of hearing that are necessary for the understanding of the topic. In the second part, the concepts of psychology of music will be introduced.
The following is an incomplete list of the topics that will be possibly discussed during the lectures:
- absolute pitch
- neuropsychology of music
- music and cognitive abilities
- music and emotion
- music and deafness
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures. Students will be also asked to participate in the experiments that carried out during the course.
The student is encouraged to use moodle as much as possible: in the moodle-page of the course, the student will find videos, audio examples and links related to the psychology of music. All the materials in moodle are in English.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Materials for the exam will be taken from:
- Deutsch (2013). The psychology of music (third edition). Academic Press. (chapter 1, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16 and either chapter 11 or 15: the student can select the chapter s/he preferes)
- slides (slides can be found in the moodle-page of the course)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Deutsch, The psychology of music (third edition). London: Academic Press, 2013. Capitoli (chapters) 1, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16 piĆ¹ uno a scelta tra i capitoli 11 e 15 (plus chapter 11 or 15)