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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP7078037, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1932, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 2.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
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 CHIARA SPIRONELLI M-PSI/02

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

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

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

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SPIRONELLI CHIARA (Presidente)
BONATO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
MENTO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students should already have an adequate knowledge of cognitive processes and anatomo-physiological bases of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides a systematic review of the basic techniques and methods used during the psychophysiological assessment. The association between body and mind is scientifically analyzed not only by introducing the characteristics of every technique for assessment, but also with practical/supervised training sessions at lessons and/or in the psychophysiology lab.
Examination methods: The written examination consists of 15 multiple-choice questions (in English). Time limit: 15 minutes.
Registration for the written examination is mandatory on UNIWEB, 10 to 5 days before the date of the examination.
Assessment criteria: Students’ evaluations will test their comprehension of the subjects covered and their acquisition of the methods and topics discussed throughout the course.
Course unit contents: - The key concepts of the psychophysiological approach; dependent and independent variables
- The functional Doppler Transcranial Sonography (fTCD) technique: basic information and practical/supervised training with attending students
- EEG, MEG, Skin conductance, Electromyography (EMG), Eye blinks and eye-tracking techniques: basic information and practical/supervised training on Startle Reflex
- Cardiovascular measures and Heart Rate Variability (HRV): general introduction, examples of clinical applications and practical activity with RSA biofeedback
- Neurobiofeedback (NBF) techniques: general introduction, examples of clinical applications and practical activity with NBF techniques
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons on course topics, interspersed with scientific articles and practical training during lessons and (in small groups) at the Psychophysiology lab of the Department of General Psychology.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lessons and scientific articles (all in English) will be recommended and available on the course website (Moodle platform).
Signing up is required.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Robert M. Stern, William J. Ray, and Karen S. Quigley, Psychophysiological Recording. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

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

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