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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP8083162, 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
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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 MARIO LIOTTI 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 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
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 LIOTTI MARIO (Presidente)
LENZI MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Prerequisites are: a ) A knowledge of the basic constructs of General Psychology (Perception, Attention, Memory) and b) Good comprehension of written English.
Familiarity with Nervous System anatomy and physiology is desirable but not a requirement.
Target skills and knowledge: Participation to this course will allow the student to:
1) Acquire a basic knowledge of the theories, research problems, and specific content of psychology and neurobiology of Emotion;
2) Gather a general understanding of the multifaceted nature of emotions, including the cognitive, neurophysiological.cultural, intrapsychic and relational aspects, both in general that in reltion to specific emotions;
3) Incentivate critical thinking and appreciation of the role of empirical research in Psychology and the Neurosciences;
4) Improve the abilty to communicate (writing, listening, and discussing in the classroom and in small groups)
Examination methods: The evaluation is through a a final exam.
The Final exam consists in a written exam with 6 open-end questions (due pages maximum), of the duration of 90 minutes.
The final exam will cover the entire program and will be based on materials from the lectures (powerpoint and notes) and the textbook/or didactic readings provided.
Foreign students have the opportunity to take the exams in English, upon request.
Assessment criteria: The exam has the objective to evaluate the student's knowledge and mastering of all the contents covered during the course.
Course unit contents: This course explores the psychological and functional foundations of Emotions and Motivation. The course included five modules. The first section will deal with general aspects of Emotion, and will review the various approaches and psychological theories in the study of Emotion, in particular the innatist-evolutionist approach and the cultural approach. After that it will deal with the various components or phases in the process of emotion generation, Cognitive Appraisal, emotion Communication thorugh facial expressions, tone of voiceand body posture, bodily changes mediated by the autonomous nervous system and hormons. Finally will deal with the theme of the various mechanisms of emotion regulation.
The second module is devoted to Affective Neuroscienceand will review physiological mechanisms and brain structures responsible fror the generation and control of emotions in animals and man, and the most relevant studies employing neuropsychological methods and neuroimaging techniques.
The third module will cover in detail specific emotions, in particular: Sadness and Depression, Fear and Anxiety, Anger, Disgust, Love, Happiness and Laughter, the tertiary emotions: Guilt, Shame, Pride, Hate.
The fourth module will deal with how emotions influence social relationships, how they vary with regard to individual and personality differences, and how Emotions and Affects influence cognitive processes and economic decision making.
The fifth module will illustrate how emotions and their regulation vary during the lifespan, particularly during development and aging, and how affective disorders can arise from dysfunction of motivational and emotional systems, particularly Major Depression and Anxiety Disorders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal theoretical lectures.
Tutorials in class.
Tutorials in preparation for the final exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study materials for the exam:
-Slides of the course, in Italian, will be available before each class on the platform Moodle
- Texts and Readings will be in English.
Other readings (in particular scientific papers) wil be indicated during the classes
Textbooks of reference:
Keltner, Oatley, Jenkins: “Understanding Emotions” 3rd Edition (2014) Wiley.
Shiota & Kalat: “Emotions”, 3d Ed (2018) Oxford University Pty). A copy of the books will be deposited in the Psychology Library.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • 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, ...)