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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP8082699, 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, AESTHETICS AND ART
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 MARCO BERTAMINI 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
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BERTAMINI MARCO (Presidente)
BONATO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the foundations of cognitive psychology, of perception and of the neural basis of behaviour.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire the ability to understand the study of preferences and experimental aesthetics within its historical context.
The student will acquire knowledge of the main themes of neuroesthetics and topics of debate in the field.
The student will acquire knowledge and competence in the methodologies used in the empirical study of aesthetics.
Examination methods: The assessment of the knowledge and skills learned is carried out through a written exam which includes 15 short questions covering the topics of the course. For each question the weight will be specified such that the final sum will be a weighted sum. The time available is 45 minutes. Voluntary presentations in classroom provide a contribution to the final grade (as an additional question).

There is no difference between attending and non-attending students.
Assessment criteria: Assessment is based on sum of weighted marks, without penalties.
Course unit contents: 1- Introduction and review of the literatures
2- What is Art - definitions - History
3 - What is Empirical Aesthetics - History
4 - Darwin and evolutionary perspectives
5 - Sensory systems - Do people like what the brain likes?
6 - Reward systems
7 - Scenes and landscapes
8 - Motion
9 - Colour
10- Faces and body
11 - Current debates and Future developments
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In addition to formal lectures, students will be involved in surveys, debates and presentations organized in class. We intend to organise lessons from guests working in the field. More information on this will become available during the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the main textbooks, other texts will be recommended. Moreover, a specific list of research papers will be provided as the basis for the class presentations.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mather, George, The Psychology of Visual Art. --: Cambridge Univ Press, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chatterjee, Anjan, The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art.. --: Oxford University Press, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ramachandran & Hirstein., The Science of Art: A Neurological Theory of Aesthetic Experience. --: Journal of consciousness Studies, 1999. journal article