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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
PSYCHOLOGY OF SENSORY PROCESSES
PSN1032132, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF SENSORY PROCESSES
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CLARA CASCO M-PSI/01

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic knowledge obtained in previous courses on:
- anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems;
- mathematic;
- statistics.
Target skills and knowledge: 1. Learn functional aspects of sensory processing.
2. Utilize the psychophysical methods to measure the integrity of sensory processes.
3. Learn the relationship between assessment and treatment of sensory deficit.
4. Learn to appreciate the importance of appropriate psychophysical measurements.
Examination methods: Written, open question (15-20 with short answer) and exercices(about ten) choosen among the pool that students will practice in class.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation aims at testing comparatively whether the student has acquired theory and methods.
Course unit contents: An introductory part of the course consists in the presentation of the main psychophysical methods and the Theory of Signal Detection. Then students will then learn the anatomy and physiology of the neural mechanisms, both cortical and subcortical, underlying spatial and color vision, binocular vision, vision of movement and visual attention. The final part of the course will consist of a brief presentation of the main mechanisms of encoding sensory information with other modalities.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of frontal lessons and practical exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the lectures will be available to students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Casco C., Processi Sensoriali. Milano: Guerrini Editore www.ebookitalianacademy.it, 2014. Il testo sarĂ  anche disponibile su Moodle, accessibile gratuitamente agli studenti.