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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3049828, 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 NEUROLINGUISTICS AND APHASIOLOGY
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 CARLO SEMENZA 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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SEMENZA CARLO (Presidente)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)
VALLESI ANTONINO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic notions of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropsychology and psycholinguistics
Target skills and knowledge: This course will provide:
1. Detailed notions in language neuropsychology
2. basic methodological capacities in neurolinguistics.
3. the ability to clinically evaluate aphasic disturbances.
Examination methods: The exam will be individual and in the oral modality.
Its duration will be approximately twenty minutes.
There will be about four/five questions. All questions will be on topics treated during the lectures. No question will be asked on arguments that were not specifically treated during the lectures. Answer should be precise and related to the specific question. Particular attention must be devoted to theoretical models and implications, anatomical structures and clinical tasks.
Assessment criteria: The student must demonstrate to be able to conduct a clinical examination, refer observations to theoretical models and use knowledge about anatomical structures.
Course unit contents: History of Aphasia and Classic Aphasiology. The traditiuonal Classification. Slowly progressive aphasias. The cognitive approach and the contribution of theoretical linguistics. Methods in cognitive neuropsychology.Disorders of phonology.Suprasegmental and segmental levels (phonetic and phonemic). Error classification. The receptive level.
Lexical disorders. Models of the lexicon inspired by neuropsychology. Morphological disorders. Agrammatism and Paragrammatism. Lexical access in complex words. Inflexion, derivation, compounding.
Semantic disorders. Semantic memory and peripheral lexicons. Modality and category specific phenomena. Access vs Storage. Semantic dementia.
Written language disorders. Number processing and numerical abilities in aphasia.
The bilingual brain and its deficits.
Anatomical underpinnings of language functions. The anatomoclinical correlation method. Electrophysiological and neuroimaging data on language.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures welcome interaction and discussion. Seminars and clinical demonstrations will be organized. Films on clinical cases will be projected.Verranno forniti articoli e le slide di lezione.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Denes G., Talking Heads: The Neuroscience of Language. Hove: Psychology Press, 2011.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Denes G, Talking Heads: The Neuroscience of Language.. Hove: Psychology Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • brain cutting (ox, pig); clinical cases

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Video shooting in studio (Open set of the DLM Office, Lightboard, ...)

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