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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2044206, 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
PS2292, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 TERESA FARRONI M-PSI/04

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 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.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge on general Cognitive functions like: perception, attention, language and memory
Target skills and knowledge: Theoretical background of the development of the neural basis of cognitive function.
Basic knowledge of neural development of cognitive functions and methods to study the neural mechanism of cognitive development.
Examination methods: The exam is conducted in oral form in English and questions will be formulated (usually 2 to 4 questions) both on the course content and on reasoning on possible critical situations of development during the life span. The exam lasts on average 15 to 30 minutes.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the final mark to the oral exam plus the evaluation of the presentation/discussions given by the students in the class
Course unit contents: We will consider questions such as: What is the nature of developmental change? What are the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive, perceptual, social, and emotional development during infancy and childhood? We will also evaluate implications of findings from developmental cognitive neuroscience for broader scientific issues including nature vs. nurture, critical periods in development, and the modularity of mental functions. An integral part of the course will be careful consideration of the major methods of developmental cognitive neuroscience including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), recordings of evoked response potentials (ERPs), and behavioral marker tasks. We will devote particular attention to the unique challenges of applying these methods to the study of infants and children in typical and atypical development.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class sessions will usually consist of short lectures period followed by a student led group presentation and discussion of the weekly readings. In addition, we will visit different labs on campus to learn more about the methods and issues of developmental cognitive neuroscience. The course will be entirely in English
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material presented in class (slides and videos) will be available on the moodle platform including the scientific articles that will be suggested in addition to the text
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M.H. Jhonson. UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2015, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. uk: Blackwell Publishers, --. IV edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • John Rubenstein and Pasko Rakic (a cura di), Neural Circuit Development and Function in the Brain Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience. --: Elsevier Inc, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • 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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