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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070144, 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
PS2192, 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 LANGUAGE
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


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 of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 VESPIGNANI FRANCESCO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of psychological and cognitive psychology concepts.
Target skills and knowledge: Students of this course are expected to demonstrate
- the ability to communicate effectively (in writing and/or orally) about specific experiments on language;
- the ability to effectively extract central points and summarize psychological theories abou language.
- demonstrate the ability to apply psychological concepts and theories to research and real life situations.
Examination methods: The exam is written with 15 multiple choice questions and 3 open questions. Omitted or wrong responses will not be counted. The final score will be given only by the sum of correct responses only at the multiple choice questions plus up to 5 point for each open question.

Students who actively partecipate at the lessons with individual or group presentations will be given up to three an additional scores to the final score of the written exam.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the verification of the understanding of the main topics presented in the textbook and, for students that attend the lectures discussed during the course. Students of this course are expected to demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of information in the scientific literature. They are also expected to demonstrate knowledge of major psychological concepts, theories, and empirical findings about language processing.
Course unit contents: Foundations of language and how its study is apporached from different disciplines. Levels of analysis of language: from phonemes words and sentences.

Topic will include language comprehension and production at the different levels of analysis in different modalities (oral and written).

At the theoretical level a special emphasis will be devoted to the differences in the cognitive architecture and mechanisms on which different pyschological models are built.

At the empirical level a specific attention will be devoted to the different experimental methods that are apt to study specific linguistic processes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: There will be a number of standard lectures on the topics covered by the textbook that include training moments in which concepts exposed by the teacher will be repeated.

Students who attend regularly will be invited to study and present (individually or in small groups) research articles, reviews or parts of manuals on specific topics that are more linked to real life applications or special population and are not covered by the textbook. The possible topics will be listed on moodle with a possible reference list of study material and discussed in the classroom and could include, but are not limited to: language acquisition, sign languages and deafness, multilingualism, neurophysiology of language, aphasia, figurative language, reception of literary texts, social side of language.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Scientific articles and slides will be available in Moodle to attendees.
Students who will not attend the lectures will have to study the whole textbook.
Students who will attend will have the opportuinity study only chapters 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10 of the textbook and to answer to open questions on the special topics that have been presented by students in the classroom.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Warren, Paul, Introducing Psycholinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo