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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4064782, 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 HUMAN ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY
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 PATRIZIA BISIACCHI M-PSI/02
Other lecturers MICHELA SARLO

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
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BISIACCHI PATRIZIA (Presidente)
ANTONINI ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
CONA GIORGIA (Membro Effettivo)
SARLO MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
VALLESI ANTONINO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is assumed that students have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology of central nervous system.
Target skills and knowledge: Upon completion of this course the student will possess:
- competence on the recording and analysis of the electroencephalographic (EEG) signal and deep knowledge on its physiological basis;
- knowledge of the major event-related potential (ERP) components and of EEG oscillatory activity;
- ability to understand the functional meaning of EEG changes as indicators of cognitive processing;
- ability to critically discuss EEG experimental evidence of the most recent literature in the field of cognitive neuroscience;
- ability to independently integrate and deepen the acquired knowledge.
Examination methods: The assessment of learning occurs through the final exam, which ascertains the acquisition of the expected knowledge and competence.
The final exam is divided into two parts.
- One part consists in an oral presentation and critical discussion of a selected scientific paper on EEG applications
related to one of the course topics that will be defined during the course.
- Another part consists in a written test including 30
multiple-choice questions. The written test lasts 30 minutes. A minimum of 50% of correct responses is required to pass this part of the exam.
The final grade is given by the mark obtained in the written part, with a possible increase of 0-3 scores obtained with the oral presentation.

computed as the mean of the scores obtained in each of the two parts.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation criteria for assessing the expected knowledge and competence are the following:
- completeness of the acquired knowledge on the theoretical and methodological principles addressed during the course;
- propriety and specificity of the terminology employed in oral presentations;
- ability to independently formulate judgments and to critically analyze the relevant literature.
Course unit contents: The course provides an in-depth introduction to methodological, theoretical, and clinical aspects subtended to the use of human electroencephalography (EEG) as a tool to monitor online event-related human cognitive processing during the life-span and in clinical contexts. The lab training during the course includes a phase of practical learning of EEG recordings and preliminary data analysis.


Module 1 (2 CFU)
- Neural origins of the EEG.
- Basics of EEG recording.
- Basics of event-related potentials (ERP) computation.
- Overview of the major ERP components in cognitive neuroscience.
- Practical sessions with laboratory equipment.

Module 2 (4 CFU)
- Further methods for EEG analysis.
- EEG coregistration with neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques.
- EEG methods and applications during the life-span and in clinical diagnosis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching methods include frontal lectures, discussions of neuroscientific papers, seminars held by specialists, and laboratory practical experience.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The PowerPoint lecture slides and the two chapters of Cohen's book "Analyzing neural time series data: theory and practice" will be available on the Moodle course platform.
Students will receive further information during the course about the selection of the paper to be presented for the oral part of the final exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Luck, Steven J., An Introduction to the Event-related Potential technique, second edition. Cambridge (US): MIT Press, 2014. CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cohen, M. X., Analyzing neural time series data: theory and practice.. --: MIT Press, 2014. CHAPTERS 2 and 3 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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