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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3049859, 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 6.0
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 CLAUDIO GENTILI M-PSI/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 6.0

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

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.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GENTILI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
PALOMBA DANIELA (Membro Effettivo)
PATRON ELISABETTA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To fully understand the course the following previous knowledge are required:
- clinical psychology and psychopathology
- principles of general psychology and neuropsychology (related to perception, emotion, memory, attention, motivation)
- biological bases of mental functioning
- research methods in psychology
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide the following knowledge and skills:
- knowledge on the principal psychopathological mechanisms in mental disorders
- knowledge on research methodology in experimental psychopathology
- knowledge on the most used paradigms in experimental and clinical psychopathology
- knowledge on how to choose and implement an experimental paradigm in the study of psychopathology
- konwledge on how experimental psychopathology could improve diagnosis and treatment in mental disorders
- competencies in translate experimental psychopathology findings into clinical practice
- competencies to design experiments to test efficacy of different 'evidence based' treatments in mental disorders
Examination methods: Written exam with 31 multiple choice, true or false, or fill in the blanks. The exam lasts 45 minutes. Erasmus students can ask for a oral exam in english
Assessment criteria: - Ability to manage the concepts and the notions proposed during the course and integrate them with the basic competences already aquired.
- The completeness of the knowledge of the program
- Apropriateness of the scientific terminology
Course unit contents: The course will be focused on the principal mental disorders (as defined by the DSM-5) focusing on experimental and clinical psychopathology aspects.
Specifically the course will cover:
- the role of experimental and clinical psychopathology in mental disorders
- different types of validity for the experimental models (face, construct, predictive, diagnostic)
- difference between procedure and process in experimental psychopathology
- experiments in psychopatology including:
a) principal features of experiments in psychopathology
b) advantages and limits of experiments in psychopathology
c) integration of relevant informations to create an experiment in clinical psychopathology
d) techinques and experimental design in experimental psychopathology
- The principal mental disorders and how to investigate them with an experimental approach:
a) cognitive theories
b) experimental design
c) cognitive biases
d) ethiology, prevention and treatment
- Transdiagnostic constructs in psychopathology and how to investigate them
- Network analysis as a new tool for study psychopathology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Formal classes will cover the main topics of the program. Moreover during the course interactive activities such as journal club and hands-on will be conducted.

Modalities and amount of these latter activities will be decided at the beginning of the course in relation with the amount of the atendees to the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study material comprehends the chapter of the book and the material suggested by the teacher. Particularly, articles suggested by the teacher and slides presented during classes are part of the exam program. All the material will be available on the moodle platform
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)