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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032277, 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
PS1978, 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 PSYCHOLOGY OF ATTENTION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCA STABLUM M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General 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 STABLUM FRANCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
MIONI GIOVANNA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of the theoretical aspects of cognitive psychology. Knowledge of psychometric and methodological foundations of psychological research.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools for the analysis of attentive processes.
The knowledge and skills to be acquired are:
1. Knowledge of the main theoretical models
2. Knowledge of the main methodologies
3. Ability to find updated bibliographic sources on attentive processes in different application contexts
4. Ability to critically read and present scientific papers
5. Ability to consciously choose the most appropriate investigation tools depending on the aims and the context.
Examination methods: Oral

International students may take the exam in English.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the student's preparation will be based on:
1. Completeness of the acquired knowledge
2. Ownership of the technical terminology
3. Ability to apply concepts and methodologies in a critical way.
Course unit contents: The course will present and discuss the main methods of study and assessment of attention.
Definitions, history and methodology. Selective attention. Sustained attention. Executive functions.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In the lessons the topics are dealt with in their general aspects, with attention to the applicative aspects of the theoretical knowledge introduced. Students are invited to submit short reports on topics agreed with the teacher. The exercises are dedicated to deepening the topics covered in class.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in experimental situations related to the issues addressed in the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the reference texts, a scientific article in English agreed with the teacher will be chosen and presented to the exam. Students can propose an article on topics related to the course or they can choose from the articles made available through the course website.

International students can request study material in English.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stablum, L'attenzione. Roma: Carocci, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wickens, C. D., McCarley, J. S., Applied attention theory. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2019. Cap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Testo in alternativa al libro di Cantagallo et al Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cantagallo, A., Spitoni, G. F., Antonucci, G., Le funzioni esecutive. Valutazione e riabilitazione. Roma: Carocci, 2015. Cap. 1, 2, 6, 10, 12, 16. Testo in alternativa al libro di Wickens e McCarley Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • 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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