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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2044182, 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
PS1932, 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 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE OF ACTION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge UMBERTO CASTIELLO 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
8 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Presidente)
BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
REGOLIN LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge concerned with basic principles of biology, physics and mathematics is requested.
Target skills and knowledge: The first part of this course will provide the student with the basic principles underlying the neural organization of movement together with a full understanding of how such principles are modulated by cognitive processes, cross-modal interactions and social contexts. The second part of the course will provide the student with basic principles of neurology concerned with motor nervous system disorders.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a set of multiple-choice questions.
Assessment criteria: The exact evaluation criteria for course assignments, participation, and projects based on the content, course design, and learning outcomes will be determined and communicated to students.
According to the academic calendar students will be asked to fill an online course/lecturer evaluation form.
Course unit contents: • A brief history of motor neuroscience.
• Cellular and molecular basis of motor control.
• Structural and functional anatomy of motor control.
• Methods in motor neuroscience: the contribution of kinematical and neuroimaging techniques to the study of motor functions .
• Basic principles of social actions.
• Comparative motor neuroscience: examples from social interactions tool use and other motor abilities.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures will provide the theoretical underpinnings of the treated issues. Furthermore a direct laboratory experience dealing with various paradigms and phenomena related to motor control is foreseen.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Electronic material discussed during each lecture. Scientific papers referring to the treated material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Students peer review

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

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