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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
PSO2043220, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CHIARA BEGLIOMINI M-PSI/02
Other lecturers NICOLA CELLINI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
SARTORI LUISA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge acquired in the course of Psychobiology.
Target skills and knowledge: The topics covered in the course complete and integrate the knowledge related to the neural bases of psychic activity covered in the courses of Applied Biology and Psychobiology.
Examination methods: The exam focuses on the contents of the manual and the teaching material made available by teachers on the Moodle platform during the course.
The verification of the knowledge acquired takes place in written form, through an exam consisting of 31 multiple-choice questions (1 single correct alternative) or true / false.
For each correctly supplied answer, 1 point will be assigned, while each incorrect or not provided answer will be evaluated with 0 points.

The duration of the exam is 45 minutes and there are no oral exams or partial tests in progress.
Assessment criteria: In the assessment of the students, particular consideration will be given to:
- the acquisition of key concepts;
- mastery of the topics;
- knowledge of specific terminology.
Course unit contents: THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: VISION AT A GLANCE
- Development and growth of the nervous system
- Genetic bases of neurophysiological foundations of psychic activity (outline)
- Anatomo-functional organization of the nervous system
- Neuroimaging techniques for the study of the brain in vivo (outline)

THE MOTOR SYSTEM
- The reflex movement
- Voluntary movement
- Relationship between execution and observation of the action: the mirror system

BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
- Motivation and Homeostasis
- Attention
- Learning, memory and synaptic plasticity
- Consciousness

BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS AND SLEEP
- Circadian rhythms
- Sleep regulation systems
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons. The topics proposed in their general aspects will be dealt with in the classroom: students will be required to study in depth independently through the textbook and teaching material provided by the teacher.
Course attendance is strongly recommended and there is no distinction of program between attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are advised to refer to teachers as regards the integration between texts and teaching material illustrated during the lessons and uploaded on the Moodle platform.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Part of the examination program will refer to the textbook "Neuroscience. Exploring the brain" (edited by Angrilli and colleagues), chapters 16-17, 19, 21, 24-25.
Additional study material will be provided / indicated by the teachers during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bear, Mark F.; Paradiso, Michael A.; Angrilli, Alessandro, Neuroscienzeesplorando il cervelloMark F. Bear, Barry W. Connors, Michael A. Paradiso. Milano: Edra Masson, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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