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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043222, A.A. 2018/19

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

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 CLAUDIO MULATTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MULATTI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
LOTTO LORELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of cognitive psychology and methodology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to introduce the student to the psychology of language. The course mostly regards the description of the processes underlying the comprehension and production of language. The psychology of reading will be discussed in detail. We will mantain an approach close to functional psychology: the theories we will discuss are functional in spirit and therefore focused on explaining behavioural data.
Some concepts at the basis of computational psychology will also be introduced.
By the end of the course the student will be able to recognize psycholignuistics phenomena, to make inferences from them, to contextualize them within the adequate theoretical frameworks, and to formulate theory-driven hypotheses.
Examination methods: Attending students: The exam consists of a written pen and pencil test made of 40 multiple choice questions to be completed within 60 minutes. Incorrect responses do not result in subtraction of points.

Non-attending students. The exam consists of a written pen and pencil test, consisting of 8 open questions, to be completed within 60 minutes.
Assessment criteria: The assessment will be based on the understanding of the topics presented during the lessons and considering the provided material. Author names or publication dates are not relevant (except when an author's name defines a particular model, such as Morton's Model). It is important to know the models, how they depend on the data and how they explain the data. It is important therefore to know the models and that is their architecture and their dynamics of functioning. It is also important to know the specific methodologies. In addition, student's ability to apply in an autonomous and aware manner what has been learned (for example, evaluating a possible prediction of a theoretical model) will also be evaluated.
Course unit contents: Phonetics and phonology. [Morphology]. The acquisition of language. Access to the mental lexicon: visual word recognition, auditory word recognition, word production. Access to the semantic system. Semantic memory: models. Semantic priming. [The perception and comprehension of sentences]. [Sentence production]. [The text]. [The pathology of language]. Language and cognitive processes. The psychology of reading.
Neural networks.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In class lessons, readings of original papers and seminars. Lectures will have an interactive style. Topics will be approached progressively, so that the student will build on the knowledge progressively accumulated to the aim of deepening the understanding of the mechanisms and of the phenomena presented.
Additional notes about suggested reading: If you attend to the in class lessons, the material will be entirely provided during the course. If you do not attend to the lessons, you'll have to study two books (see "Testi di riferimento").

Cummins, R. (1996). “Significato e rappresentazione mentale”. Bologna: Il Mulino.
Jackendoff, R. (1989). “Semantica e Cognizione”. Bologna: Il Mulino.
Fodor, J. (1999). “La mente modulare. Saggio di psicologia delle facoltà”. Bologna: Il Mulino.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cacciari, C., La psicologia del linguaggio. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011. Obbligatorio per i non frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Scott-Phillips, Thom, Di' quello che hai in mente. Roma: Carocci, 2017. Obbligatorio per i non frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo