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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032285, 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
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 GIULIA BUODO M-PSI/08

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/08 Clinical 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

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

Prerequisites: To pursue the course profitably, adequate knowledge is required on the structure and functions of central and peripheral nervous system, and on general psychopathology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide the following knowledge and abilities:

- knowing how to define the field of Affective Neuroscience and the main research methods used in this discipline
- knowing the main brain areas/structures/networks involved in emotional processing, and their specific functions
- knowing how to describe the neural basis of fear, reward and aggression
- critically evaluating the contributions of Affective Neuroscience to the understanding and the treatment of psychopathology, with reference to anxiety disorders, depression, and psychopathy
- being able to identify major fields of research and application that are not only relvant in the context of Affective Neuroscience, but also in Neuroscience more in general
Examination methods: The exam consists in a written test in English, with 3 open questions and 18 true/false and multiple-choice questions in similar proportions.
Time allotted for the exam is 50 minutes.
The final grade is the result of summing up the points from each question.
Enrollment in the appropriate exam list through the Uniweb system is necessary prior to sit the exam.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to:

- use of correct terminology
- knowledge of key concepts and methods related to course topics
- ability to integrate knowledge independently
Course unit contents: - Affective Neuroscience: general framework and short historical overview
- Features and functions of some fundamental brain areas/structures involved in emotional processing: amygdala, anterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex, insula, periacqueductal grey
- Research methods in Affective Neuroscience: strengths and limitations of animal models and neuroimaging techniques
- The neural basis of fear, reward and aggression
- The neural networks implicated in Anxiety disorders
- The neural networks implicated in Depression
- The neural networks implicated in Psychopathy
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course topics will be addressed through frontal lessons using power-point files, and with video clips for specific topics.
Structured discussions and peer-feedback sessions will be planned.
Students will be required to independently integrate the topics covered during classes with the contents of the textbook and the reviews.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Compulsory exam material includes:
1. The five chapters from the book "Anxious" by LeDoux (see below)
2. the slides presented during classes
3. the following reviews:

Berridge, K.C., & Kringelbach, M.L. (2015). Pleasure systems in the brain. Neuron, 86, 646-664.
Blair, R.J.R. (2016). The Neurobiology of impulsive aggression. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26, 4-9.
Dean, J., & Keshavan, M. (2017). The neurobiology of depression: an integrated view. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 27, 101-111.
Pujol, J., Harrison, B.J., Contreras-Rodriguez, O., Cardoner, N. (2018). The contribution of brain imaging to the understanding of psychopathy. Psychological Medicine, 49, 20-31.

Course material will be available at the School library (“Servizio stampe”).

All materials used during frontal lessons will be made available on the Moodle platform.

For students who may lack adequate prior knowledge, the following text is suggested: Bear, M.F., Connors, B.W., and Paradiso, M.A. (2016). Neuroscience: Exploring the brain. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • LeDoux, J., Anxious. New York: Penguin Books, 2015. Chapters 1,2,3,4,5 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos

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

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