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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP8082603, 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 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 CHIARA BEGLIOMINI 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 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
2 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To fully exploit the potential of the course, adequate knowledge of brain anatomy is fundamental. The knowledge of the basic concepts of inferential statistics is also recommended.

The following handbooks can be considered to fill eventual gaps in the backgroud:
- Bear, M., Connors, B., Paradiso, M. Neuroscience. Exploring the brain (4th edition). Wolters Kluwer (2015).
- Aron, A., Coups, E. J., Aron, E. N. Statistics for Psychology (6th Edition). Pearson (2013).
Target skills and knowledge: The students are expected to acquire the following skills and concepts:

1. Knowledge of principles and applications of the research technique described in the course, including notions of physics and statistics;
2. Main concepts of experimental design methodology;
3. Knowldge of the main approaches of data analysis (both theoretical and applied);
4. Ability to distinguish strenghts and weaknesses of each technique;
5. Proficiency in the use of specific terminology.
Examination methods: The exam will focus both on the content of books chapters and the teaching material available on Moodle platform after each lecture.

The exam is in written form, made by 31 multiple-choice questions: for each question 3 possible alternatives will be presented (only 1 correct). Each correct answer will result in 1 point, while each wrong/not provided answer will be evaluated with 0 points. The written examination lasts 40 minuts.
Oral examination is optional and will aim at deepening the student's level of preparation. The oral examination may result in an increase, a confirmation or a decrease in the evaluation achieved during the written test.
Assessment criteria: Students' assessment will focus on:
- adequate knowledge of topics and techniques (principles and
- confidence with "key" concepts;
- proficiency in the use of terminology.
Course unit contents: Brain FUNCTION - RECORDING
- functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES)

- diffusion and tractography techniques (DTI)
- computational neuroanatomy (structural MRI)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Oral lectures and data analysis simulations in the computer lab. Classes will cover all the topics in their general aspects and students are expected to further explore the themes by mean of the textbooks and the teaching material provided by the teacher (in English). Data analysis simulation of datesets obtained by means of one or more of the techniques described in the course will be scheduled. All the teaching material presented during the lectures will be made available on the Moodle thereafter.
Attendance is highly recommended. The final examination has the same form criteria for both regular and distance learning students. Distance-learning students are suggested to ask the professor for advices on how to combine information provied by the textbooks and the teaching material uploaded on the Moodle platform.
Additional notes about suggested reading: MANDATORY READINGS
- For magnetic resonance imaging techniques (fMRI, VBM e DTI) the following chapters of the book 'Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging” will be considered: 7-11.
- For transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) the following chapters of the book “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” will be considered :1-3; 5-7.
- For transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) the studying material (slides and/or scientific papers) will be provided by the professor on the Moodle platform during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Huettel, Scott A.; Song, Allen W., Functional magnetic resonance imaging. Sunderland: Sinauer, 2014. CHAPTERS 7-11. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A Rotenberg, J Cooney Horvath, A Pascual-Leone, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. --: Springer, 2014. CHAPTERS 1-3 and 5-7. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)
  • Matlab
  • SPM12

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