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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4068098, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1932, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEUROIMAGING TECHNIQUES (MOD. B)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge ANTONINO VALLESI M-PSI/02

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Being this an introductory course, there is no particular prerequisite, even if it is advisable to have basic notions of neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and some basic principles of physics and biology.
Target skills and knowledge: How does our brain generate our mental processes and which methods offer us the possibility to study these issues? This course will introduce the principles, evidence-based theories, and some methods of study in cognitive neuroscience. Representative topics include perceptual, cognitive, emotional and motor processes, neuroimaging and neuromodulatory techniques (e.g., functional MRI, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
Examination methods: The main exam usually consists in multiple choice questions. The course also includes the active participation in lab studies (when available) and classroom presentations that could contribute to the final evaluation.
Assessment criteria: Students will have to demonstrate that they have understood the main contents of the integrated course. The active participation to the frontal classes and laboratory activities will also be taken into appropriate consideration.
The marking scale, like for all the other courses in the Italian University System, will consist in thirties. A sufficient preparation will correspond to a score of 18/30, while the full preparation will correspond to 30/30 cum laude. Please note that the final score will be given by the average of the scores obtained in the A and B modules.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Neuroimaging techniques (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI; near-infrared spectroscopy, NIRS, Positron emission tomography, PET);
Neurostimulation and neuromodulation techniques (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS; transcranial electric current stimulation, tES). COregistration with different techniques (e.g., TMS-fMRI, EEG-fMRI)
a) Brief History
b) Principles
c) Methodological issues
d) Data analysis principles
e) Application examples from the literature
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The classes will cover all the topics in their general aspects. Students will further explore the themes by using the textbook and the supporting material provided by the teacher (articles and handouts).
Training classes will be devoted to practically deepen theoretical issues, to practical sessions of data analysis (hands-on sessions), and (possibly) to simulate the final exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Optional chapters from the book "S. A. Huettel, A. W. Song, G. McCarthy., Functional magnetic resonance imaging. Sunderland USA: SINAUER associates, 2014": 3, 4, 6, 9.
Optional chapters from the book "Walsh, V., Pascual-Leone, A., Kosslyn, S.M., Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Neurochronometrics of Mind. Bradford Books, 2005": 1-6.
Apart from the suggested chapters, other scientific articles and slides will be pointed out and/or shared during the classes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • S. A. Huettel, A. W. Song, G. McCarthy., Functional magnetic resonance imaging.. Sunderland USA: SINAUER associates, 2014. Chapters: 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Matlab