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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070115, 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
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR (MOD. B)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge CHRISTIAN AGRILLO M-PSI/02

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: The knowledge of topics of Basic concepts of Psychology is extremely useful to follow the lessons
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to give notions on the biological bases of the principal cognitive processes such as memory, language and emotions.
The starting point is the functioning of the neuron and then of complex neurological structures as bases for the cognitive processes.
Examination methods: Written exam: 31 Multiple choice questions regarding both modules. The exam is carried out on the computer and it lasts 35 minutes. In every classes, examples of questions similar to the ones in the exam will be provided. At the end of the course a mock exam will be offered to allow a self evaluation of the student and to allow him/her to be more familiar with the procedure.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the acquisition of the topics included in the book chapters.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR: Sexual conflicts between males and females; Sexual development; sex chromosome abnormalities; sex hormones; sex differences in the nervous system; attraction and love; sexual dysfunctions.

SLEEP AND WAKING: Circadian rhythms; Internal clocks; Stages of Wakefulness and Sleep; NREM and REM state; sleep throughout the life span; dreaming; the function of sleep and dreams; sleep disorders.

LEARNING AND MEMORY: Types of learning; using invertebrates to study learning; Classical conditioning in the brain; short- and long-term memory in the brain; the impact of musical training in the brain.

LATERALIZATION, LANGUAGE AND INTELLIGENCE: Lateralization of cognitive functions, the case of split-brain patients and dichotic listening; evolutionary advantages of being lateralized; the evolutionary origin of language: the case of Koko and Washoe; main brain areas involved in language; intelligence and QI.

EMOTION, REWARD, AGGRESSION AND STRESS: Expression and recognition of emotion; lateralization of facial expressions; biological correlates of emotion; Pleasure and reward in the brain; aggression and violence; stress.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures will be held by prof. Christian Agrillo.
At the end of each lesson, tests and exercises - similar to the ones used in the final exam - will be presented.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Laura Freberg
Discovering Behavioural Neuroscience, 4nd Edition
chap. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Laura Freberg, Discovering Behavioural Neuroscience. --: Cangage Learning, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

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

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