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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032196, 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
PS1091, 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 ANDREA FACOETTI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic cognitive functions (attention, perception, memory, learning and language), main paradigms and tasks to measure the basic cognitive functions and main neuroanatomical and psychobiological bases of basic cognitive functions
Target skills and knowledge: The student should be able to understand:
-the tortuous relationship between genes to behavior and the role of genes and environment in determining the probability of a neurodevelopmental disorders;
-the differences between cognitive neuropsychology and interactive specialization;
-the sensory perceptual and attentional disorders in developmental dyslexia, dyscalculia, specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorder;
-the crucial role of a coordinated work across the different professional figures in developmental neuropsychology.
-the neuropsychological rehabilitation of specific learning and language and autism.
-the prevention programs of specific learning disabilities, language disorders and autism spectrum disorder
Examination methods: Written Exam (31 questions with multiple choice, one correct = one point, duration 45 minutes) with oral integration (optional) the same day if written exam is correct.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the preparation of the student will be based on an understanding of the neuropsychological arguments, on the acquisition of neurodevelopmental concepts and psychobiological methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them in an autonomous and aware way.
Course unit contents: -Direction for the neuropsychology of the development;
-Major neurocognitive hypothesis of dyslexia;
-Major neurocognitive hypothesis of specific language impairment;
-Major neurocognitive hypothesis of developmental dyscalculia;
-Major neurocognitive hypothesis of autism spectrum disorders;
-Major techniques for the rehabilitation of neurodevelopmental disorders;
-Neuropsychological rehabilitation;
-Rehabilitation through the use of video games;
-Rehabilitation through the use of perceptual learning;
-Rehabilitation through the use of neurostimulation;
-Prevention programs for neurodevelopmental disorders;
-The role of the different professional figures in the developmental neuropsychology.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, laboratory experience and mini lectures in which small groups of students discuss relevant scientific paper of developmental neuropsychology.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the lectures will be uploaded on the appropriate website of the professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • A cura di: Stefano Vicari & Maria Cristina Caselli, Neuropsicologia dell'età evolutiva. Bologna: Il Mulino (Strumenti), 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Use of online videos
  • Students peer review

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

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