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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP7078019, 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 2.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination FORENSIC NEUROSCIENCE
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 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge CRISTINA SCARPAZZA 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 2.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 14 36.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SCARPAZZA CRISTINA (Presidente)
SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
3 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 SCARPAZZA CRISTINA (Presidente)
SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology,psychopathology, neuroscientific techniques and psychiatry is highly recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: This course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to Forensic Neuroscience.

Students will acquire basic knowledge on:
1) The difference between clinical and forensic practice;
2) the forensic reasoning (and the importance of the integration of different disciplines in real forensic practice);
3) how to use psychological tools in forensic practice;
4) The importance of a neuroscientific evaluation;
5) principles of writing an effective psychological forensic consultation.
Examination methods: The exam includes a written and an oral examination. During the written examination, the students will be required to answer to multiple-choice questions, and to three open questions requiring a brief response.
The oral examination is mandatory after a positive evaluation at the written test.
Assessment criteria: Students’ evaluation will be based on the following parameters:
- Understanding of the basic principle of Forensic Neuroscience;
- Ability to apply previous knowledge (i.e. Neuropsychology) to forensic cases;
-Ability to reason on real forensic cases;
- precise exposition of contents.
Course unit contents: During the course, real forensic cases will be used to help the understanding of the following topics:
• Biological or Mental impairment
• Insanity
• Malingering
• Competence to stand trial
• Witness testimony
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be held through frontal lessons where real forensic cases will be presented. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all the lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students will be required to:
- study the lecture's note;
- Study scientific papers that will be uploaded on moodle;
- Study the following two documents:
• Neuroscience and the Law:

Students that are interested in the topics are strongly encouraged to ask for additional readings.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing

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

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