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Course unit
PSP3049836, A.A. 2016/17

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
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 CHIARA BEGLIOMINI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 01/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of human brain anatomy and nervous system are required. One of the neuroscience manuals indicated in the supplementary readings can be helpful to fill possible gaps.
Target skills and knowledge: Students are supposed to develop the following skills:

- knowledge of principles and applications of the research techniques;
- critical evaluation of the advantages/disadvantages of each technique;
- ability to develop ideas for possible experimental applications of the proposed techniques, to be discussed in small groups;
- adequate use of specific terminology.
Examination methods: The final examination is made up of multiple choice questions. For 5 questions the student will be also asked to write a short motivation for the given answer.
Assessment criteria: Students' assessment will focus on:
- adequate knowledge of topics and techniques (principles and
- adequate use of terminology
- confidence with "key" concepts
Course unit contents: Magnetic resonance imagin techniques
- functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
- diffusion and tractography techniques (DTI)
- computational neuroanatomy

Nuclear medicine techniques
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Neurostimulation techniques
- transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- transcranial current stimulation (TES)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Oral lectures. Classes will cover all the topics in their general aspects. Students are expected to further explore the themes by using the textbook and the supporting material provided by the teacher (articles in English language).
Data analysis simulation will be scheduled, according to students numerosity and pc classrooms availability.
Students will be given the opportunity to attend (in small groups) to sessions of magnetic resonance data acquisition.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Supplementary material (articles and parts of other manuals, in english language) will be provided by the professor during the course.

If needed, the fundamental notions of human neuroanatomy can be acquired by studying one of the following manuals:

L Squire, D Berg, FE Bloom, S du Lac, A Ghosh, NC Spitzer
Fondamenti di neuroscienze.
Ambrosiana (2016)

MF Bear, BW Connors, MA Paradiso
Neuroscienze. Esplorando il cervello.
Elsevier (2007)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Katiuscia Sacco, Le Neuroimmagini. Nuove frontiere per lo studio del cervello umano in vivo.. --: Idelson-Gnocchi, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo