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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030505, A.A. 2016/17

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. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOBIOLOGY
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 MARCO DADDA M-PSI/02
Other lecturers LUCIA REGOLIN M-PSI/02

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

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 27/02/2017
End of activities 01/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 REGOLIN LUCIA (Presidente)
BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
7 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 REGOLIN LUCIA (Presidente)
BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 REGOLIN LUCIA (Presidente)
BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
RUGANI ROSA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic notions of physics, mathematics and general biology are required, as specified in the enrolling requirements of the School of Psychology.

Specifically, adequate knowledge is required of notions of cell biology, genetics and human physiology. For those students who do not have a strong preparation in Biology, such notions can be gained by attending, during the first semester, the course of Applied Biology.
Target skills and knowledge: This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, to the aim of understanding the psychobiology of mental processes.
The course is an introductory one, though it is aimed at providing notions which are as much as possible accurate and updated.
Examination methods: Upon request to the professor, the written exam can be taken by the students also in English language.

The written exam consists in a series of questions (open question, multiple choice questions, or anatomy tables/illustrations to denominate). Students are required to answer to all questions in about 45 mins.

The minimum mark required to pass the exam is 18 out of 30.
Assessment criteria: The following will be assessed and evaluated in the exam :
- the understanding of physiological mechanisms and processes,
- the knowledge of anatomy,
- the appropriate use of terminology.
Course unit contents: Anatomy and physiology of the neuron, the action potential, synaptic transmission, neural circuitry,
Elements of psychopharmacology,
Anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous system, the autonomic nervous system,
Hormones and endocrine system,
Sensory apparata and processing of sensory information,
Psychobiology of cognitive processes (memory, learning, emotion, language, etc),
Basic mechanisms of synaptic plasticity,
Introduction to psychobiology of mental disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: For further information please use the following dedicated email of the course :
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides used during the lectures will be made available to the students before each lecture.

The suggested textbooks can provide useful readings as a support to the lectures, among which:

Bear M. F., Connors B. W., Paradiso M. A. NEUROSCIENCE (most recent edition)
(a comprehensive well illustrated and reader-friendly textbook)

Squire Larry; Berg Darwin; Bloom Floyd E. et al. FUNDAMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE, Academic Press Inc, 2012 (Fourth Edition)
(most recent textbook, reccommended for those who are interested in deepening the knowledge of the contents of the lectures)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bear MF, Connors BW, Paradiso MA, Neuroscienze: esplorando il cervello (TERZA EDIZIONE ITALIANA). Milano: Masson, 2007. Questo testo illustra la maggior parte degli argomenti trattati a lezione in modo estremamente didattico, chiaro e comprensibile. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Squire Larry; Berg Darwin; Bloom Floyd E. et al., Fondamenti di Neuroscienze. Milano: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2016. E' il testo più aggiornato ed esaustivo tra quelli consigliati.Suggerito per coloro che desiderano un maggiore approfondimento della materia. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Watson, N.V., Breedlove, S.M., Il cervello e la mente. Le basi biologiche del comportamento (PRIMA EDIZIONE ITALIANA). Milano: Zanichelli, 2014. Testo aggiornato e ben illustrato, la prima edizione italiana di questo testo è pubblicata nell'Aprile 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carlson, N.R., Fisiologia del comportamento (TERZA EDIZIONE ITALIANA). Padova: Piccin, 2014. Testo aggiornato e dettagliato, in modo particolare riguardo la psicofarmacologia e i disturbi neurologici e del comportamento. Cerca nel catalogo