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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043227, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
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 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION
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 SERGIO RONCATO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General 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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Presidente)
BERTAMINI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
BONATO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 RONCATO SERGIO (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
CASCO CLARA (Membro Effettivo)
DA POS OSVALDO (Membro Effettivo)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is important to master some basic knowledge of Psychology: sensation and perception, primary forms of organization of the perceptual world and cognitive processes.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge of Psychology of perception, ability to conduct experimental observations and on iconographic material. Knowledge about the forms of organization of the perceptual field and differences with respect to the physical world. Methods of analysis of photographic and pictorial images as communication tools.
Examination methods: Assessment by written exam (open questions). The proposed questions are ten, the student will have two hours to respond. The exam can be passed if the student is able to respond to at least five of these.
Assessment criteria: Completeness of the preparation, clarity of exposure. The accuracy of the notions is the object of the assessment as much as the appropriateness of the argumentation. The candidate must commit himself/herself to correctly exposing both methodological and theoretical problems.
Course unit contents: This course offers a view on the experimental methods and on the issues related to visual perception.

In particular, it will cover the following aspects:

Historical background
Sensation and perception
The perceptual world
Perceptual constancies
Depth perception
Motion perception
Cognitive processes in perception
Visual communication
Optical illusions
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will be integrated with laboratory observations and, as far as possible, with practical exercises and in-the-field exercises. The application of methods already learned by students will be stimulated, such as: semantic differential, statistical comparison of means, short and long-term memory, eyewitness testimony. In this case, the aim is to integrate acquired and to-be-acquired knowledge and this in observance of the psychologist's investigation object, which must be recomposed in a vision that is as unified as possible.
Additional notes about suggested reading: It is possible to choose one of these two manuals:

1. Purghé, Stucchi, Olivero "La percezione visiva". Torino: Utet Università, 1999.

2. Roncato "Psicologia della percezione. Guida allo studio". Padova, Upsel, 2017 (V ed)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Purghé, Stucchi, Olivero, "La percezione visiva". Torino: UTET Università, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Roncato S., Psicologia della Percezione. Guida allo studio. Quarta edizione. Padova: Upsel, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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