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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030504, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 MICHELA SARLO M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 2.0
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 4.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 12/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 SARLO MICHELA (Presidente)
BUODO GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 SARLO MICHELA (Presidente)
BUODO GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is assumed that students have a basic familiarity with central and peripheral nervous system anatomy and physiology through previous coursework.
Target skills and knowledge: This course will provide an overview of the basic theoretical, methodological, and research issues in the field of Psychophysiology. Psychophysiology takes a scientific integrative perspective on the mind-body relationship and involves the synthesis of cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological variables using up-to-date research techniques (from electrophysiology to neuroimaging).
Examination methods: Written exam with 8 multiple-choice and 4 open questions.

For the exam, students must subscribe to the appropriate list through UniWeb. Only Uniweb subscription will be allowed; it will NOT be possible to subscribe via telephone or email under any circumstances. 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, basic processes, and research methods in the field of psychophysiology.
Course unit contents: The course has two main goals: a) to provide an introduction to biosignal recording techniques and analysis, and to methodological principles in Psychophysiology; b) to provide an introduction to theory and experimental research in major areas of Psychophysiology, with a particular emphasis on physiological correlates of basic psychological processes, both normal and pathological.

1) Basic principles, methodology and empirical research in Psychophysiology.
2) Biosignals and their utility as indices of psychological processes.
3) Activation and relaxation.
4) Emotional activation.
5) Psychophysiological assessment.
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.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides the lecture slides (which are mandatory as study material for both attendant and nonattendant students), integrative material will include (nonmandatory) scientific papers to be downloaded from the course website (Moodle).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stegagno, Luciano (a cura di), Psicofisiologia Vol. 1. Indicatori fisiologici del comportamento umano. Torino: Boringhieri, 1986. CAPITOLI 1, 2 e 6. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Trapanotto, Manuela, Lezioni di psicobiologia. Padova: CLEUP, 2001. TUTTI I CAPITOLI. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Stegagno, Luciano (a cura di), Psicofisiologia Vol. 2. Correlati fisiologici dei processi cognitivi e del comportamento. Torino: Boringhieri, 1991. CAPITOLI 10 e 12. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sarlo, Michela, Slide delle lezioni. Piattaforma Moodle: --, 2016. Materiale obbligatorio per frequentanti e non frequentanti