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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6075537, 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
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge MARIO DALMASO M-PSI/01
Other lecturers GIOVANNI GALFANO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DALMASO MARIO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Basic notions in Cognitive Psychology and Social Psychology. Basic English.
Target skills and knowledge: The main purpose of this course is to provide students with notions related to attentional processing in the context of stimuli with a social valence. This knowledge is particularly relevant in that in everyday life, human beings face and are required to interact with these stimuli very often. Indeed, our interpersonal communication skills seem to be tightly linked to our ability to pay attention to social signals provided by our conspecifics.
The different notions will be acquired by means of a thorough analysis of the most recent and innovative experimental paradigms (also in an interactive perspective) in the context of an ecological approach to human cognition.

More specifically, the course is aimed to promote the following skills:
1. Acquire a strong knowledge of the main attention mechanisms
2. Acquire a strong knowledge of social modulators in attention mechanisms
3. Develop a critical approach in the study of social attention mechanisms
Examination methods: The exam consists of 20 written multiple choice questions.
For each question there will be four potential alternatives.
The exam lasts 60 minutes.
In order to participate in the final exam, it is MANDATORY to book using UNIWEB.
Assessment criteria: The exam will test both general and specific knowledge covering all the notions that have been discussed during the course.
The final mark will be computed by assigning 1 point for each correct answer. The score will be then transformed in the appropriate scale.
Course unit contents: We will start with basic notions in attentional processing with a specific reference to orienting of spatial attention. The course will also illustrate with the different experimental paradigms that have been proposed to investigate these phenomena (e.g., gaze cueing, inhibition of return, Simon effect). Basic methodological aspects underlying the different experimental paradigms will be given strong emphasis. Finally, the course will focus on the most relevant social variables that have been shown to modulate attentional processes, in both normal and clinical populations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Distance teaching based on videolectures, exercises (e.g., online experiments), in-depth videos. Possibility to take part in laboratory activity under the supervision of the professor.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material for the course includes both journal articles (in Italian; listed below in "Testi di riferimento") and the videolectures.

The videolectures will be available on the main page of the course through Moodle.

The articles and slides of the videolectures will be downloadable (in PDF) from the main page of the course through Moodle.

To access the course, please send an email - attaching your study plan - to:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pavan, G., L'orientamento mediato dallo sguardo negli adulti: Dove l'attenzione incontra la cognizione sociale. --: Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, Il Mulino, 2010. XXXVII, 319-340
  • Dalmaso, M., Effetti del potere e dello status sociale sulla cognizione sociale e la percezione interpersonale. --: Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, Il Mulino, 2014. XLI, 139-157.
  • Ricciardelli, P. & Riggio, L., Interazione tra contesto sociale e meccanismi dell'attenzione. --: Sistemi Intelligenti, Il Mulino, 2011. XXIII, 267-274.
  • Rubichi, S., Iani, C., & Nicoletti, R., Sulla natura delle rappresentazioni condivise. --: Sistemi Intelligenti, Il Mulino, 2011. XXIII, 275-281.
  • Borghi, A.M., Gianelli, C., & Lugli, L., La dimensione sociale delle affordance: affordance tra io e gli altri. --: Sistemi Intelligenti, Il Mulino, 2011. XXIII, 291-299.
  • Liuzza, M. T., & Aglioti, S. M., Neuroscienze in società: Come lo studio del cervello sociale ci aiuta a capire chi siamo. --: Sistemi Intelligenti, Il Mulino, 2011. XXIII, 359-366.
  • Galfano, G., Introduzione alla psicologia generale. Roma: Carocci, 2018. pp. 99-120, ISBN: 978-88-430-9361-8. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Online Experiments

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