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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP9086055, 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
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 ROBERTO DELL'ACQUA M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General 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
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DELL'ACQUA ROBERTO (Presidente)
BRIGADOI SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
DORO MATTIA (Membro Effettivo)
SESSA PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students should already possess the basic notions typically delivered in classes such as Experimental/General Psychology (1st year pre-grad/bachelor), and the basic principles for the use of experimental methodologies in the psychological field.

Language and all material employed for the lecture (slides, articles, videos, etc.) is in English.
Target skills and knowledge: Students shall become familiar with the topics discussed during the course, and with the most relevant experimental paradigms for the investigation of conscious perception and its failures. Students are also expected to become familiar with critical reading and understanding of scientific reviews of papers focused on the various topics discussed in class.

The course also aims at fostering some transferrable skills such as critical thinking and personal reasoning in the applicative situations illustrated in class. The students will be offered the possibility to engage in public discussions and presentations.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions in 40 minutes of time.

According to the number of students attending the course, the evaluation would be based on written essays or other individual or group activities.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated according to the rate of correct answers in the multiple choice test. The exam is passed with a rate of 55% correct answers.

Written essays or other individual or group activities will be examined by the lecturer and the quality will be the basis for assigning individual marks.
Course unit contents: a) Notions concerning how the sensory apparatus in human adults selects and organizes the flood of information into coherent and perceivable objects.

b) Notions concerning the lively debate about the role of attention as a gate to consciousness.

c) Notions about extant functional, neural, and computational models of consciousness.

d) Notions about human error as resulting from a failure at one of more processing stages underlying the generation of a conscious percept, considering a subset of situations in which such errors may engender in particularly problematic situations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Each of the above topics will be first introduced by the lecturer, by discussing the general and more relevant issues and the most interesting and recent experimental evidence. Students will be actively engaged in discussing the topic, and preparing written or oral presentations on selected papers concerning each given topic.

Guest speakers will be invited to expose students to as many approaches and expertise areas as possible. The aim is to give students direct experience of different perspectives and research activities from this field.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students willing to attend the course are warmly recommended to await the first lesson prior to acquiring the manual indicated for course, which is primarily intended to convey 'the flavor' of the course's contents. The scientific literature still lacks a traditional manual encompassing all topics and their mutual relationship in the field of studies on human consciousness, and most of the notions will be drawn from papers published in specialized scientific journals.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stanislas Dehaene, Consciousness and the brain: Deciphering how the brain codes our thoughts. New York (USA): Penguin Books, 2014.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams

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

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