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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032260, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1089, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 DANIELA PALOMBA M-PSI/08

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 9.0

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

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 PALOMBA DANIELA (Presidente)
BUODO GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)
PATRON ELISABETTA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is assumed that students have basic knowledge on psychophysiology (activity of the central and peripheral nervous system associated with mental functions, research methods and techniques in psychophysiology) as well as on clinical psychology (general psychopathology, theoretical models and research methods in clinical psychology).
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at providing
a) a general frame of Clinical Psychophysiology;
b) the knowledge of its methods and common research protocols in clinical psychophysiology;
c) The knowledge of the psychophysiological basis of anxiety and stress disorders, mood disorders, psychophysiological disorders (traditionally defined as psychosomatic disorders);
d) Students will be also trained to apply psychophysiological procedures of assessment and treatment.
Examination methods: The exam includes a written test (about 30-40 min.) with multiple choice, True/False, completion and short open questions.
The test will commonly include 20-25 questions (some requiring more than one answer). The final grade will be computed as the sum of the scores obtained in single items.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of student knowledge will be based upon:
a) the ability to comprehend and report concepts and methods related to the issues examined during the course;
b) the capacity of application of skills acquired;
c) the capacity of verbalizing with clarity, precision, synthesis
Course unit contents: - Clinical Psychophysiology: general framework;
- Psychophysiological assessment;
- Emotion, Anxiety and stress disorders;
- Mood disorders;
- Psychophysiological disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will cover the course topics with the aid of audiovisuals. Seminars and practical exercises addressing specific topics will provide deeper knowledge of research protocols and assessment or treatment procedures in clinical psychophysiology.
Students will then move on to a thorough study of the course contents using textbooks. Also, students will have the opportunity, during the course, to test their preparation for the exam.
Based on the availability of the Laboratories of Psychophysioogy at the Department of General Psychology, lab sessions will be organized in order to promote application of practical skills.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reviews or book chapters, course-related pdf files, or papers used during the course will be available for students at the Moodle website, School of Psycology.

Basic knowledge in clinical psychology or psychophysiology will be obtained by reaading the books indicated by the teacher at the beginning of the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Palomba, D. & Stegagno, L., Psicofisiologia clinica. Roma: Carocci, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Resick, P.A., Stress and Trauma. Hove (UK): Psychology Press, 2001. solo Capp. 1 e 4 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Keller J, Hicks B.D., & Miller G.A., Psychophysiology in the study of Psychopathology. In Cacioppo, Tassinary & Berntson (Eds) Handbook of Psychophysiology (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Rassegna: pp. 719-750

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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