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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030505, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 LUCIA REGOLIN M-PSI/02
Other lecturers MARCO DADDA M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic notions of physics, chemistry, mathematics and general biology are required, as specified in the enrolling requirements of the School of Psychology.

Specifically, adequate knowledge is required of notions of cell biology, genetics and human physiology. For those students who do not have a strong preparation in Biology, such notions can be gained by attending, during the first semester, the course of Applied Biology (taught in Italian).

The above mentioned pre-requisites may be (although indirectly) evaluated in the final exam.
Target skills and knowledge: This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, to the aim of understanding the psychobiology of mental processes.
The course is an introductory one, though it is aimed at providing notions which are as much as possible accurate and updated. The purpose is also to facilitate comprehension of subjects taught in the second and third years.
Examination methods: Upon request to the professor, the written exam can be taken by the students also in English language.

The written exam in Italian language consists in a series of questions (open questions, multiple choice questions, or anatomy tables/illustrations to denominate). Students are required to answer to all questions in about 45-60 mins.

The minimum mark required to pass the exam is 18 out of 30.
Assessment criteria: The following will be assessed and evaluated in the exam :
- the understanding of physiological mechanisms and processes,
- the knowledge of anatomy,
- the appropriate use of terminology.
Course unit contents: Introductory lectures on the terminology and methods of this discipline.
Anatomy and physiology of the neuron, the action potential, synaptic transmission, neural circuitry,
The neuroglia,
Elements of psychopharmacology,
Anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous system, the autonomic nervous system,
Hormones and endocrine system,
Sensory apparata and processing of sensory information (visual system in particular).
Psychobiology of learning and memory and the underlying cellular mechanisms.
Basic mechanisms of synaptic plasticity.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Attendance is warmly encouraged. Active learning and student-centred methods will be currently employed by the lecturers.

For further information please use the following dedicated email of the course :
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides used during the lectures will be made available to the students before each lecture.

The suggested textbooks can provide useful readings as a support to the lectures, among which:

Bear M. F., Connors B. W., Paradiso M. A. NEUROSCIENCE (most recent edition)
(a comprehensive well illustrated and reader-friendly textbook)

Squire Larry; Berg Darwin; Bloom Floyd E. et al. FUNDAMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE, Academic Press Inc, 2012 (Fourth Edition)
(reccommended for those who are interested in deepening the knowledge of the contents of the lectures)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bear MF, Connors BW, Paradiso MA, Neuroscienze: esplorando il cervello (QUARTA EDIZIONE ITALIANA). Milano: Masson, 2016. Questo testo illustra la maggior parte degli argomenti trattati a lezione in modo estremamente didattico, chiaro e comprensibile. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Squire Larry; Berg Darwin; Bloom Floyd E. et al., Fondamenti di Neuroscienze. Milano: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2016. E' il testo più esaustivo tra quelli consigliati. Suggerito per coloro che desiderano un maggiore approfondimento della materia. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Watson, N.V., Breedlove, S.M., Il cervello e la mente. Le basi biologiche del comportamento (ULTIMA EDIZIONE DISPONIBILE). Milano: Zanichelli, 2014. Testo aggiornato e ben illustrato, la prima edizione italiana di questo testo è pubblicata nell'Aprile 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carlson, N.R., Fisiologia del comportamento (ULTIMA EDIZIONE DISPONIBILE). Padova: Piccin, 2014. Testo aggiornato e dettagliato, in modo particolare riguardo la psicofarmacologia e i disturbi neurologici e del comportamento. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pinel, J.P.J., Barnes, S.J., Psicobiologia. Milano: Edra S.p.A., 2018. Decima Edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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