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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6075537, 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
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 GIOVANNI GALFANO M-PSI/01
Other lecturers MARIO DALMASO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

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

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2017 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 GALFANO GIOVANNI (Presidente)
DALMASO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic notions in cognitive psychology and social psychology. Basic English.
Target skills and knowledge: The main purpose of this course is to provide students with notions related to attentional processing in the context of stimuli with a social valence. This knowledge is particularly relevant in that in everyday life, human beings face and are required to interact with these stimuli very often. indeed, our interpersonal communication skills seem to be tightly linked to our ability to pay attention to social signals provided by our conspecifics.
The different notions will be acquired by means of a thorough analysis of the most recent and innovative experimental paradigms (also in an interactive perspective) in the context of an ecological approach to human cognition.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 20 written multiple choice questions. In order to participate in the final exam, it is MANDATORY to book using UNIWEB.
Assessment criteria: The exam will test both general and specific knowledge covering all the notions that have been discussed during the course.
Course unit contents: We will start with basic notions in attentional processing with a specific reference to orienting of spatial attention. The course will also illustrate the most relevant social variables that have been shown to modulate attentional processes. The remaing part of the course will deal with the different experimental paradigms that have been proposed to investigate these phenomena, which include, among others, gaze cuieng and the Simon effect.el. Basic methodological aspects underlying the different experimental paradigms will be given strong emphasis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Distance teaching based on videolectures, exercises. Posibility to take part in laboratory activity under the supervision of the professor.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material for the course includes both journal articles (in Italian; listed below) and the lecture slides which will be available on March 2018 and can be downloaded from the moodle page for the course.

Pavan, G. (2010). L'orientamento mediato dallo sguardo negli adulti: Dove l'attenzione incontra la cognizione sociale. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XXXVII, 319-340.

Dalmaso, M. (2014). Effetti del potere e dello status sociale sulla cognizione sociale e la percezione interpersonale. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XLI, 139-157.

Ricciardelli, P. & Riggio, L. (2011). Interazione tra contesto sociale e meccanismi dell'attenzione. Sistemi Intelligenti, XXIII, 267-274.

Rubichi, S., Iani, C., & Nicoletti, R. (2011). Sulla natura delle rappresentazioni condivise. Sistemi Intelligenti, XXIII, 275-281.

Borghi, A.M., Gianelli, C., & Lugli, L. (2011). La dimensione sociale delle affordance: affordance tra io e gli altri. Sistemi Intelligenti, XXIII, 291-299.

Liuzza, M. T., & Aglioti, S. M. (2011). Neuroscienze in società: Come lo studio del cervello sociale ci aiuta a capire chi siamo. Sistemi Intelligenti, XXIII, 359-366.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)