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PSP3049862, A.A. 2015/16

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1089, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 MICHELA SARLO M-PSI/02

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 12/10/2015
End of activities 15/01/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 SARLO MICHELA (Presidente)
BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 SARLO MICHELA (Presidente)
BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basics of anatomo-physiology of the central and peripheral nervous system, and of the major systems of the body (endocrine, motor, cardiovascular, etc.); basics of General Psychology; methodology of basic research in Psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: The mutual relationship between psychological (cognitive, emotional, social) and physiological (central and peripheral) events is the main course topic. The student will acquire advanced knowledge and competence on the meaning of biological signals as indicators of behavior and psychological processes.
Examination methods: Written exam with multiple-choice and open questions.

For the exam, students must subscribe to the appropriate list through UniWeb. PLEASE, DO NOT ASK FOR SUBSCRIPTION VIA TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL. In case of technical problems with UniWeb, students should refer to the appropriate technical assistance resources BEFORE THE CLOSING OF THE SUBSCRIPTION LIST.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to the understanding of course topics, and the knowledge and integration of key concepts, processes, and research methods in the field of psychophysiology.
Course unit contents: The main goal of the course is the thorough examination of psychophysiological methods and their application to the study of cognitive and emotional processes:

- Advanced methods in psychophysiological research.
- Psychophysiological bases of stimulus-response specificity.
- Autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular psychophysiology: cognitive activity and emotional responses.
- Psychophysiological bases of emotional processes.
- Psychophysiological bases of decision making.
- Psychophysiological bases of sleep and dreaming.
- Psychophysiological bases of motor control.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will involve a combination of lectures, discussions of scientific papers, demonstrations, and exercises. In-class exercises will expand and deepen course topics, and will include audio visual projections, multimedia materials, exam simulation, and psychophysiological recording using portable equipment.
Guided practical experiences will be organized at the Laboratory of Psychophysiology, Department of General Psychology, if allowed by the number of students. Participation is voluntary and does not imply any evaluation concerning the final exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Integrative material will include lecture slides and scientific papers to be downloaded from the course website. In particular, it is strongly suggested to refer to the following papers (available at the Psychology Library) in order to supplement the textbooks and facilitate the comprehension of the lecture slides:

- Blascovich, J., Mendes, W. B., Tomaka, J., Salomon, K., & Seery, M. (2003). The robust nature of the biopsychosocial model challenge and threat: A reply to Wright and Kirby. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 234-243.
- Tononi, G., & Cirelli, C. (2014). Sleep and the price of plasticity: from synaptic and cellular homeostasis to memory consolidation and integration. Neuron, 81, 12-34.
- Damasio, A., & Carvalho, G. B. (2013). The nature of feelings: evolutionary and neurobiological origins. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 14, 143-152.
- Walker, M. P., & van Der Helm, E. (2009). Overnight therapy? The role of sleep in emotional brain processing. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 731.
-Genzel, L., Kroes, M. C., Dresler, M., & Battaglia, F. P. (2014). Light sleep versus slow wave sleep in memory consolidation: a question of global versus local processes? Trends in Neurosciences, 37, 10-19.

The third edition of the "Handbook of psychophysiology" is not suitable, because chapter numbers and content differ from the second edition.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Vartanian, O. & Mandel, D.R. (Eds.), Neuroscience of decision making. New York, NY: Psychology Press, 2011. CAPITOLO 3. Copia di tale capitolo è reperibile presso la Biblioteca di Psicologia (centro stampa). Cerca nel catalogo
  • Stegagno, L. (a cura di), Psicofisiologia: Dalla genetica comportamentale alle attività cognitive. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2009. CAPITOLI 2, 3, 4, 5 e 7. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cacioppo, J.T., Tassinary, L.G., Berntson, G.G. (Eds.), Handbook of psychophysiology, second edition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. CAPITOLI 20, 22, 23 e 25. Copia di tali capitoli è reperibile presso la Biblioteca di Psicologia (centro stampa). Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pennisi, P., Sarlo M., Indici Elettrofisiologici in Psicologia. Padova: CLEUP Editrice, 1998. TUTTI I CAPITOLI. Cerca nel catalogo