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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP8082637, 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
Course unit English denomination LABORATORY IN HUMAN COGNITION
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 GIOVANNI GALFANO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General 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 GALFANO GIOVANNI (Presidente)
DALMASO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
DELL'ACQUA ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic notions in cognitive psychology and methodology in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Basic English
Target skills and knowledge: The main purpose of this course is to provide Italian and foreign students with direct laboratory experience with various paradigms and phenomena related to different aspects of human cognition. The course also aims to familiarize Italian students with the English lexicon related to experimental psychology.
More specifically, the course is aimed to promote the following skills:
1. Ability to understand the aims and the experimental design underlying an experimental paradigm used to study a given phenomenon.
2. Ability to evaluate both internal and ecological validity in a given experimental paradigm.
3. Ability to identify the weaknesses underlying a given experimental paradigm
4. Ability to accurately interpret the meaning of the results of an experiment.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 20 written multiple choice questions with four response options. The final mark will be computed by assigning 1 point for each correct answer. The score will then transformed in the appropriate scale. In order to participate in the final exam, it is MANDATORY to book using UNIWEB.
Assessment criteria: The exam will test both general and specific knowledge covering all the notions that have been discussed during the lectures.
Course unit contents: We will start with methodological issues related to experimental psychology and work our way up from lower-level perceptual aspects of cognition, such as vision and object recognition, and then on to higher-level cognitive abilities. The phenomena that will be illustrated and discussed will concern, among others, perceptual effects, the pop-out effect, the Simon effect, the Stroop effect, but also more recent phenomena illustrating how the cognitive system reacts to social signals and experimental settings with high ecological validity. Considerable effort will be made to keep theory and lab practice in parallel. Basic methodological aspects underlying the different experimental paradigms will also be given strong emphasis. The course will also aim to illustrate the relationship between the different effects investigated in the lab with the way we use cognitive processes in real life.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will be given in English. The lectures will benefit from the use of specific software aimed to generate psychological experiments. This will enable simulating different experimental situations typically occurring in the lab. Videos will also be used to illustrate some of the contents of the course. Hence, students will have the opportunity to participate to the lectures in an interactive manner by experiencing some of the cognitive phenomena directly in the classroom. In addition, students will also be required to take an active part in psychology experiments in the lab. In so doing, students can learn first hand how research in experimental psychology is done. Participation and selection of experiments will be illustrated during the course. In light of the nature of the course, students are strongly invited to attend to the lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Additional material for the course (in English) will be made available on a lecture by lecture basis. Other readings (e.g., journal articles) may be added later. These are not part of the mandatory material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
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Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

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