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School of Psychology
APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSN1032237, A.A. 2015/16

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PS1978, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolapsicologia/course/view.php?idnumber=2015-PS1978-000ZZ-2015-PSN1032237-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge PETER KRAMER M-PSI/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSN1032237 INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN PSYCHOLOGY PETER KRAMER PS1089

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

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

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

Calendar
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
5 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 KRAMER PETER (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
4 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 KRAMER PETER (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
3 2016 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 KRAMER PETER (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students must be able to comprehend scientific English, but need not be able to speak or write English well.
Target skills and knowledge: The course introduces the most innovative, influential, and cited ideas that have been published in top psychology or related journals. All areas of psychology are considered, including especially clinical psychology. The ideas either represent an unusual approach or theory, or connect widely different fields of psychological research, or have led to the discovery of a new phenomenon.
Examination methods: Multiple choice
Assessment criteria: Each exam question earns 3 points if answered correctly, 0 points if left unanswered, and -1 point if answered incorrectly (i.e., guessing is discouraged). The total number of points determines the final grade.
Course unit contents: Among the topics discussed are:
How brain parasites, DNA-invading viruses, and other selfish entities shape your behavior.
How your daily bread can put your mental health at risk.
What your body tells about your brain.
How plastics and pollution can mimic hormones and change your behavior.
How I can know your decisions before you do.
How you can mistake somebody else for yourself.
How your thoughts are not free, but guided by evolution.
Why we might consider locking people up before they commit a crime.
What a brain scan tells about your political preference.
Why women's choice of men changes with their menstrual cycle.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Each lecture presents the details of a groundbreaking idea, explains why it is particularly important, or shows how it has affected subsequent research.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The lectures are supported by audio-visual material and demonstrations.

Website with latest information about the course: www.psy.unipd.it/~kramer/

ALL LITERATURE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Amodio, Jost, Master, & Yee (2007). Nature Neuroscience, 10, 1246-1247, --. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Breedlove (2010). Endocrinology, 151, 4116-4122, --. --: --, --.
  • Bressan & Stranieri (2008). Psychological Science, 19, 145-151, --. --: --, --.
  • Brugger, Regard, Landis, & Graves (1995). Lancet, 345, 1306-1307, --. --: --, --.
  • Cosmides, Barrett, & Tooby (2011). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 9007-9014, --. --: --, --.
  • Fincher & Thornhill (2012). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 61-79, --. --: --, --.
  • Frye et al. (2011). Journal of Neuroendocrinology 24, 144–159, --. --: --, --.
  • Gervais, Kline, Ludmer, George, & Manson (2013). Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280, doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.2773. --: --, --.
  • Haggard, Clark, & Kalogeras (2002). Nature Neuroscience, 5, 382-385, --. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Iacoboni (2006). Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7, 942-951, --. --: --, --.
  • Jackson, Eaton, Cascella, Fasano, & Kelly (2012). Psychiatric Quarterly, 83, 91–102, --. --: --, --.
  • Kahneman (2010). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 16489–16493, --. --: --, --.
  • Kanai, Fielden, Firth, & Rees (2011). Current Biology, 21, 677-680, --. --: --, --.
  • Kramer & Bressan (in press). Perspectives on Psychological Science., --. --: --, --.
  • Lenggenhager, Tadi, Metzinger, & Blanke (2007). Science, 317, 1096-1099, --. --: --, --.
  • Manning, Fink, & Trivers (2014). Evolutionary Psychology, 12, 757-768, --. --: --, --.
  • Moore, Lagnado, Deal, & Haggard (2009). Cognition, 111, 279-283, --. --: --, --.
  • Newell & Shanks (2014). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 1-19, --. --: --, --.
  • O'Regan & Noë (2001). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24, 939-971, --. --: --, --.
  • Oxley et al. (2008). Science, 321, 1667-1670, --. --: --, --.
  • Roediger, & McDermott (1995). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 21, 803-814. --: --, --.
  • Singh & Kay (1976). Science, 191, 401-402, --. --: --, --.
  • Sinha et al. (2014). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 15220–15225, --. --: --, --.
  • Soon, Brass, Heinze, & Haynes (2008). Nature Neuroscience, 11, 543-545, --. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • West, Meserve, & Stanovich (2012). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 506-519, --. --: --, --.