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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE08107058, 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
IF0313, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied 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 is available ONLY for students enrolled in COMMUNICATION

Teacher in charge LORELLA LOTTO M-PSI/01

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

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

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2017 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 LOTTO LORELLA (Presidente)
RUBALTELLI ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No previous knowledge is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at providing students basic knowledge on the human mind functioning especially in relation to cognitive processes (perception, attention, memory, language, thinking and reasoning, decision-making), emotional processes, and communication.
Upon completion of this course, students will possess adequate knowledge of the above topics and will be able to apply the acquired knowledge to different communication fields.
The lectures will be mainly frontal, but the teaching style will be participatory, by stimulating students to discuss the course topics in small groups. Besides the acquisition of the discipline contents, the course is aimed at providing the acquisition of specific soft skills, such as communication skills and analysis ability.
Examination methods: The assessment of learning will occur through the final exam, which ascertains the acquisition of the expected knowledge and abilities. Questions will deal with the theoretical models and the psychological mechanisms characterizing the way human beings acquire, process, store, and use information. The final exam will consist in a written test including 31 multiple-choice questions with 4 possible answers. The written test will last 1 hour and does not differentiate between attendant and non-attendant students. No oral integration is contemplated.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation criteria for assessing the expected knowledge and competence are the following:
1) the completeness of the acquired knowledge;
2) a firm grasp of the concepts and examples covered in the readings.
Each correct answer to the multiple-choice questions will receive 1 score. The final grade will be computed as the sum of the scores obtained in each question.
Course unit contents: During the course, the following topics will be addressed:
Psychology as science. The different methods of psychological investigation. The main schools of psychology. Sensation and perception. Attention. Conditioning and learning. Memory. Knowledge representation. Language. Communication. Thinking ad reasoning. Problem solving and creativity. Biases in judgment and decision making. Emotions. Intelligence measuring. Application areas of cognitive science.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course topics will be addressed during frontal lectures. In-class discussions on the proposed theoretical models of psychological processes will be stimulated.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The lecture slides will be available on the Moodle course platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Nicoletti R., Rumiati R., Lotto L., Psicologia. Processi cognitivi, teoria e applicazioni. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2017.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)