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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP8082778, 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
PS1978, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination HOW TO STUDY COGNITION AND ACTION IN PLANTS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge UMBERTO CASTIELLO M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 21 54.0 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
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Presidente)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No pre-requisites are needed.
Target skills and knowledge: The first part of this laboratory provides the student with the principles underlying plants’ behaviour and cognition. The second part will provide the students with knowledge regarding the methodological instruments to investigate plants’ cognition through the three dimensional analysis of movement. Such experience will allow the student to operate within work settings concerned with environmental and ecological psychology.
Examination methods: Projects discussion will be the tool preferably used to verify the level of knowledge acquired by the students.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation procedures will be characterized by laboratory activities and in the acquired level ability to use the tools for the study of plants’ cognition and behaviour.
Course unit contents: • A brief introduction to plant physiology
• Plants’ perception
• Plants cognition
- Social Cognition
- Motor Control
- Communication
- Decision
- Learning and Memory
• Techniques for the study of palnts’movement and cognition
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the lectures the students will be introduced to the topics of interest. The laboratory experience will be focused on the data acquisition and analysis of plants’ movement.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Articles and reviews provided by the lecturer.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Castiello U., La mente delle piante. Introduzione alla psicologia vegetale.. --: Il Mulino, 2019. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Life on Land