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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES
Course unit
PSYCHOBIOLOGY
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
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, 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 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 ANGELO BISAZZA 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 distance e-learning

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

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Requirements include basic knowledge of physics, mathematics and chemistry as specified in the School of Psychology enrolling requirements. In particular to follow this course students require a sufficient knowledge of cell biology, genetics and principle of biological involution
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the first part of the course is to provide students with background on anatomy and physiology of nervous and endocrine systems. This knowledge will be used in the second part of the course to understand the biological bases of mental processes
Examination methods: The written exam consists in a series of questions (open question, multiple choice questions, or anatomy tables/illustrations to denominate).
The written test consists of approx.40 questions (some requiring more than one answer) and lasts 55 minutes.
There are penalties for incorrect answers.
Assessment criteria: The written test consists of 40 questions divided into four sections. They are selected to cover all the topics of the program
In particular, they are intended to assess:
Knowledge and appropriate use of the terminology of the discipline.
Ability to recognize the main anatomical structures that make up the nervous system and the endocrine system
Understanding of the physiological mechanisms which are based on the electrical properties of the cell and neuronal transmission of nerve impulses in the synapses.
Knowledge of the neural structures involved in different cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie it
Understanding of the adaptive significance of human behavior and the processes through it evolved
Course unit contents: First part
- Anatomy of nervous system
- Physiology of nervous cells
- Action potential, synaptic transmission and neural circuits
- Autonomic nervous system, chemical communication, endocrine system

Second part
- Natural selection and the evolution of behaviour
- Evolution of nervous system in vertebrates
- Psychobiology of cognitive processes (memory, language, attention)
- Psychobiology of emotions; biological aspects of mental illness
- Introduction to sensory system. The visual system
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: This is a distance learning course. Online lecture videos from the teacher will be available
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course will provide additional resources, including audio-visuals, articles, link to external resources and weekly assesment of learning gains.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bear M. F., Connors B. W., Paradiso M. A,, Neuroscienze: esplorando il cervello. Milano: EDRA Masson, 2016. Vanno bene anche le edizioni precedenti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Solomon E. P.; Berg L. R.; Martin D. W., Evoluzione e biodiversit√†. Napoli: Edises, 2016. Vanno bene anche le edizioni precedenti Cerca nel catalogo

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

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)