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Course unit
SUP5073237, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IA1870, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COGNITIVE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION (Ord. 2011)

Teacher in charge ERIKA BORELLA M-PSI/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BORELLA ERIKA (Presidente)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
DE BENI ROSSANA (Membro Effettivo)
MENEGHETTI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic concepts of psychology of memory and learning. To review these contents, students might refer to a good manual of general psychology as for example
- Nolen-Hoeksema, S. Fredrickson, B.L., Loftus, G.R., e Lutz, C. (2017).
- Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduzione alla Psicologia, Piccin, Padova, chapters 7 & 8.

A good command of written English.
Target skills and knowledge: After the course students will acquire:
-up-to-date knowledge on cognitive training
-the ability to individuate the cognitive processes to be trained
-the ability to plan individual and group cognitive training for participants of different ages (children, young and old adults)
-the ability to assess the efficacy of the training programs on cognitive, emotional and dailylife functioning both in the clinical and experimental context.
Examination methods: Written exam with 5 open-ended questions (scored on 0-6 scale). Exam will last 1 hour.
The final score will de computed as the sum of the evaluation assigned to each question. To a grade of 30, the "cum laude" will be awarded if some of the answer will also show a critical elaboration of the contents as well as a personal reflection.

For foreign -international- students, there will be the possibility to take the exam in English. These students will have to contact via email the teachers three weeks (at least) before the exam.
Assessment criteria: The following criteria will be used to evaluate written essays:
- having acquired knowledge about the procedures to improve cognitive and emotional functioning across the lifespan;
- being able to plan a cognitive training;
- being able to discuss acquired knowledge.
Course unit contents: The course will provide theoretical, practical and methodological knowledge of training and learning procedures across the life-span (in children, young adult and older adults).
In the first part of the course, classical training procedures (mainly based on strategy learning) will be presented. Students will be also introduced to the critical methodological aspects to consider during training programs at a clinical and experimental level.
The second part of the course will focus on training procedure used in the aging domain. Age-related changes in brain and cognitive plasticity will be presented along with new procedures to sustain both cognitive functioning and emotional one (i.e. psychological well-being).

Examples of training programs conducted in the field of i) developmental psychology in children with typical development as well as ii) psychology of aging in older adults.

Critical variables in determining training gains will be discussed. Also for this part of the course, the clinical and experimental efficacy of the different training procedures will be presented.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will consist of face-to-face lectures. In addition in-class activities will be proposed, students will be required to 1) develop and present procedures to enhance cognition; 2) assess the efficacy of interventions presented during the lessons; 3) present and discuss part of the material to be studied for the exam.
The objectives of these activities will be to make concrete the theoretical knowledge provided.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the lessons will be available on Moodle with study and additional material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Groome D. & Law R., Memory improvement. --: --, 2016. In D. Groome & M. W. Eysenck, Applied cognitive psychology. London: Routledge.
  • Di Nuovo, S., Cosa significa «significativo»? Gli usi della statistica in psicologia clinica.. --: --, 2008. Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, 12, 247-260.
  • Hertzog, C., Kramer, A. F., Wilson, R. S., & Lindenberger, U., Enrichment effects on adult cognitive development.. --: --, 2008. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9, 1–65.
  • Noack, H., Lövdén, M., Schmiedek, F., & Lindenberger, U., Cognitive plasticity in adulthood and old age: Gauging the generality of cognitive intervention effects. --: --, --. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 27, 435-453.
  • Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K.A., Marsh, E.J., Nathan, M.J. & Willingham, D.T., Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology. --: --, 2013. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4-58
  • Karbach, J. & Kray, J., Executive functions. Switzerland: Springer Verlag, 2016. In T. Strobach & J. Karbach, Cognitive Training: An Overview of Features and Application Cerca nel catalogo
  • Katz, J., Jones, M.R., Shah, P., Buschkuehl, M. & Jaeggi, S.M, Individual differences and motivational effects. Switzerland: Springer Verlag, 2016. In T. Strobach & J. Karbach, Cognitive Training: An Overview of Features and Application Cerca nel catalogo
  • Colzato, L. & Hommel, B., The Future of Cognitive Training. Switzerland: Springer Verlag, 2016. In T. Strobach & J. Karbach, Cognitive Training: An Overview of Features and Application Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Beni, R., & Borella. E., Il recupero della memoria.. Milano: Franco Angeli., 2011. In C. Cristini, A. Porro, M. Cesa-Bianchi (a cura di). Le capacità di recupero dell’anziano. Modelli, strumenti e interventi per i professionisti dell Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vranic, A., Carretti, B., Španic, A.M., & Borella, E., The efficacy of a multifactorial memory training in institutionalized older adults.. --: --, 2013. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(11), 1885-1897. doi:10.1017/S1041610213001154.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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