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School of Psychology
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PSP4068098, A.A. 2019/20

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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 NEUROIMAGING TECHNIQUES (MOD. B)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge ANTONINO VALLESI M-PSI/02

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

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

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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Being this an introductory course, there is no particular prerequisite, even if it is advisable to have basic notions of neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and some basic principles of physics and biology.
Target skills and knowledge: How does our brain generate our mental processes and which methods offer us the possibility to study these issues? This course will introduce the principles, evidence-based theories, and some methods of study in cognitive neuroscience. Representative topics include perceptual, cognitive, emotional and motor processes, neuroimaging and neuromodulatory techniques (e.g., functional MRI, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
Examination methods: The exam for the Neuroimaging module will consist of multiple choice questions on the themes covered during the lessons, in the suggested handbooks and in the handouts. There will be 31 questions covering the different topics with 3 options each and the time to complete the exam will be 35 minutes.
The exam of the Principles module will consist in multiple choice questions with a procedure similar to that for the Neuroimaging module (although not exactly the same) and/or an essay on hot topics in Cognitive Neuroscience. More details will be provided by the professors at the beginnning of the course.
Assessment criteria: Students will have to demonstrate that they have understood the main contents of the integrated course. The active participation to the frontal classes and laboratory activities will also be taken into appropriate consideration.
The marking scale, like for all the other courses in the Italian University System, will consist in thirties. A sufficient preparation will correspond to a score of 18/30, while the full preparation will correspond to 30/30 cum laude. Please note that the final score will be given by the average of the scores obtained in the A and B modules.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Neuroimaging techniques (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI; near-infrared spectroscopy, NIRS, Positron emission tomography, PET);
Neurostimulation and neuromodulation techniques (mainly transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS; but also transcranial electric current stimulation, tES). COregistration with different techniques (e.g., TMS-fMRI, EEG-fMRI)
a) Brief History
b) Principles
c) Methodological issues
d) Data analysis principles
e) Application examples from the literature
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The classes will cover all the topics in their general aspects. Students will further explore the themes by using the textbook and the supporting material provided by the teacher (articles and handouts).
Training classes will be devoted to practically deepen theoretical issues, to practical sessions of data analysis (hands-on sessions), and (possibly) to simulate the final exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Suggested chapters from the book "S. A. Huettel, A. W. Song, G. McCarthy., Functional magnetic resonance imaging. Sunderland USA: SINAUER associates, 2014 or later editions": 3, 4, 6, 9.
- Suggested Chapters from the book "Rotenberg, Alexander, Horvath, Jared C., Pascual-Leone, Alvaro (Eds.). Neuromethods: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (2014). New York NY: Humana Press (Springer). ISBN 978-1-4939-0879-0": 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16.
Apart from the suggested chapters, other scientific articles and handouts will be pointed out and/or shared during the classes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • S. A. Huettel, A. W. Song, G. McCarthy., Functional magnetic resonance imaging.. Sunderland USA: SINAUER associates, 2014. Chapters: 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rotenberg, Alexander, Horvath, Jared C., Pascual-Leone, Alvaro, Neuromethods: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. New York, NY: Humana Press (Springer), 2014. Chapters: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Reflective writing