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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070131, 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
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge CHIARA SPIRONELLI M-PSI/02

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

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SPIRONELLI CHIARA (Presidente)
BONATO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 SPIRONELLI CHIARA (Presidente)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 SPIRONELLI CHIARA (Presidente)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students should already have an adequate knowledge of cognitive processes and anatomo-physiological bases of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides a systematic review of the basic principles, models and methods of Psychophysiology research. The association between body and mind is scientifically analyzed by studying cognitive and emotional processes, and considering both physiological and behavioral variables, measured using electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques.
As much as possible, practical (brief) training sessions in the psychophysiology lab will be carried out.
Examination methods: The written examination consists of 32 multiple-choice questions (in English). Time limit: 30 minutes.
Registration for the written examination is mandatory on UNIWEB, 10 to 5 days before the date of the examination.
Assessment criteria: Students’ evaluations will test their comprehension of the subjects covered and their acquisition of the methods and topics discussed throughout the course.
The examination will test both general and specific contents.
Course unit contents: - Introduction to functioning principles and methodology of psychophysiological research
- Biosignal classification, and their application as marker of psychological processing
- Activation and resting state: peripheral and central (i.e., EEG and fMRI) indices
- Cognitive activation in healthy adults
- Application of psychophysiological techniques to clinical research: evidence from studies on neurological and psychiatric patients
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons on course topics, interspersed with scientific articles and practical training during lessons and (in small groups) at the Psychophysiology lab of the Department of General Psychology.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Selected chapters, reviews and scientific articles (all in English) will be recommended and available on the course website (Moodle platform).
Signing up is required.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Robert M. Stern, William J. Ray, and Karen S. Quigley, Psychophysiological Recording. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo