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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSYCHOBIOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
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
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, 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
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 ANDREA FACOETTI 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.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: basic biology
Target skills and knowledge: Biological basis of behavior.

The main aim of the course is to provide students with the psychobiological basis of cognitive development (typical and atypical) characterized by neural plasticity.
Examination methods: Written exam:
31 multiple-choice questions
Duration 45 minutes
a point for each correct answer
Assessment criteria: knowledge of selected topics of psychobiology
Course unit contents: What is psychobiology? Psychobiology as neuroscience

Psychobiology: Evolution, genetic and experience
Anatomy of the nervous system
Neural conduction and synaptic transmission
Methods of study in psychobiology

The visual system
Mechanisms of perception, consciousness and attention
The sensorimotor system

Neural plasticity
Neural development
Brain injury and neuroplasticity
Learning, memory and amnesia

Hemispheric lateralization, language and split-brain
psychobiology of psychiatric disorders
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: lectures and class discussions
Mini lectures by studentes (paper discussion)
Whenever possible experiments will be conducted or collected questionnaires in class and made tutorials on how to structure and conduct scientific research.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Handbook chapters to study:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 e 18
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • John P.J. Pinel, Steven Barnes., Psicobiologia. Milano: EDRA, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Students peer review

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Reduced Inequalities