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School of Psychology
CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
FUNCTIONAL AND COGNITIVE BASIS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY
PSP6074599, 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
CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
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
Course unit English denomination FUNCTIONAL AND COGNITIVE BASIS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge PAOLA SESSA M-PSI/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSP6074599 FUNCTIONAL AND COGNITIVE BASIS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY PAOLA SESSA PS1091

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses 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
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basics of General Psychology (peception, attention, memory, emotions). Knowledge of written English. It is also very helpful the basic knowledge of anatomo-physiology of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide knowledge on main processes fundamental for intersubjectivity and social interaction, such as face processing and information (cues/signals) that faces may convey to the observer, in particular emotions from facial expressions. Other main topics are empathy, (neural) resonance/mirroring, and the relationship between empathy and altruism, all of these concepts are indeed central for an understanding of intersubjectivity and social interactions. These topics will be mainly discussed within the theoretical and methodological framework of social neuroscience.
Examination methods: Written exam lasting one and a half hours with 5 open questions, 2 of which to be answered in extended form (10 points attributable for each of the 2 questions) and 3 to be answered in short form (3-4 points attributable for each of the 3 questions). Foreign students will have the opportunity to take the exam in English and / or orally.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to the understanding and knowledge of all of the course topics.
Course unit contents: The course is divided in two parts, strictly interralated.
1) For the first part, the aim is to provide knowledge on the fundamental perceptual information for social interaction and intersubjectivity: in particular, face processing and information (cues/signals) that faces may convey to the observer, such as facial expression, gaze direction, ethnicity, and trait inferences (the “first impression”). These topics will be mainly discussed within the theoretical and methodological framework of social neuroscience, with notes on comparative and dev.elopmental psychology
2) For the second part of the course, the aim is to provide knowledge on processes at the basis of intersubjectivity, namely (neural) resonance mechanisms, empathy and theory of mind, and these will be discussed in relation to the cue/signals described in the first part of the course. In particular, will be examinated the main models proposed in order to undestand others’ actions and emotions. The themes of altruism, social rejection and attachment will be briefly discussed. Also for this second part, the topics will be mainly discussed within the framework of social neuroscience with notes on comparative and developmental psychology.

Studends could have the possibility to participate in the Laboratory “Electrophysiology of cognition, intersubjectivity and neural resonance” in order to deepen their knowledge on studies that have used electrophysiology methods to investigate intersubjectivity and related topics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lessons.
- Exercises in the classroom.
- Exercises with open questions in preparation for the final exam.
- Possibility to participate in group work (4-6 students) for the preparation of a research project on the topics of the course. The teacher will provide ample support for this activity by organizing meetings outside the class time.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study materials include:
- Lectures slides (available in the Moodle course website)
- Books and papers, in English. In particular, the chapters indicated below from "The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience", (Ward).

Chapters from the two books indicated below are helpful for further study.

Other moterials (in particular scientific papers) will be suggested during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ward, J., The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience. Hove and New York: Psychological Press, 2012. Capp. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8. Si consiglia la lettura del Cap. 2. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Calder, A.J., Rhodes, G., Johnson, M.H., Haxby, J.V., ed., The Oxford Handbook of face perception (1st ed.). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Capp. 6, 10, 13, 28, 32. Copia di tali capitoli è reperibile presso la Biblioteca di Psicologia (centro stampa). Cerca nel catalogo
  • Baron-Cohen, S., Tager-Flusberg, H., Lombardo, M.V., ed., Understanding Other Minds: Perspectives From Developmental Social Neuroscience (3rd ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. Capp. 13, 15, 25. Copia di tali capitoli è reperibile presso la Biblioteca di Psicologia (centro stampa). Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • 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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