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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4064783, A.A. 2019/20

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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 NEUROANATOMY
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 RAFFAELE DE CARO BIO/16
Other lecturers MIRYAM CARECCHIO MED/26

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/16 Human Anatomy 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
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Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DE CARO RAFFAELE (Presidente)
AMODIO PIERO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of physiology, biology and biochemistry. Knowledge of cytology, histology and general embryology.
Target skills and knowledge: Anatomy of the central nervous system.
Examination methods: Written exam.
Assessment criteria: Critical knowledge of human neuroanatomy and appropriate use of specific terminology.
Course unit contents: 1. Development of the nervous system: morphogenesis and hystogenesis.
2. Cells of the nervous system: neurons, oligodendrocytes, Schwann cells, astrocytes, microglia; organization of the neurons of the central and peripheral nervous system: single neurons, nuclei and layers; electrical synapses; chemical synapses; neurotransmitters; introduction to chemical neuroanatomy; wiring and non-wiring forms of synaptic communication.
3. The ventricular system and the liquoral system.
4. The meninges: the dura mater, the arachnoid and the pia mater.
5. Macroscopic anatomy of the spinal cord.
6. Functional anatomy of the spinal cord; nuclei of the gray matter; organization of sensory and motor pathways:
a. Spino-thalamic pathways.
b. Spino-cerebellar pathways.
c. Posterior column pathways.
d. Pyramidal pathway.
e. Extrapyramidal pathways.
f. Esopyramidal pathways.
7. The brainstem: macroscopic anatomy of the medulla oblongata, pons and mesencephalon; the floor of the fourth ventricle.
8. The brainstem: functional anatomy: nuclei of the brainstem; ascending and descending pathways; reticular formation. Microscopical Anatomy.
9. The cerebellum: macroscopic anatomy.
10. The cerebellum: functional anatomy.
11. The diencephalon: macroscopic anatomy of the thalamus, subthalamus, hypothalamus.
12. The telencephalon: macroscopic anatomy of the telencephalon; fissures, scissures, sulci and gyri of the cerebral hemispheres; microscopic anatomy of the cerebral cortex: allocortex and neocortex.
13. The telencephalon: organization of the white matter: corpus callosum, associative and non-associative bundles.
14. functional anatomy of the telencephalon and of the limbic system.
15. anatomical foundations of neurological and neuropsychological disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures, seminars, practical activities (dissections)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and suggested text books.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jones RH, Burns TM, Aminoff MJ, Pomeroy SL,, Netter collection of medical illustration, Nervous sysrem, Vol 7. --: elsevier Saunders, 2013.
  • Liqun Luo, Principles of Neurobiology. --: Garland Science; Unbnd edizione, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Caro Raffaele, lezioni di neuroanatomia. --: Cleup, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

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