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School of Psychology
Course unit
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola dispari)
PSN1031056, 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 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
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 ROBERTO DELL'ACQUA M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 12.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 84 216.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
10 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DELL'ACQUA ROBERTO (Presidente)
DORO MATTIA (Membro Effettivo)
SESSA PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No previous specific competence is required other than general critical skills and rudimentary competence in the read out of some parametric results (e.g., from graphs) assimilated through high school training.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide students with an succinct initial overview of the storical-espistemological bases of modern perspectives in cognitive science and neuroscience, followed by a more in-depth treatment of the application of the empirical approach to the study of high-level cognitive skills in human adults (e.g., perception, attention, language, intelligence). At the end of the course, students should be acquainted with an understanding of the principal issues encountered in the study of the mind and brain adopting a critical perspective on the theoretical approaches proposed to explain empirical results.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions to undertake in 1 hour of time. Students regularly attending the classes will benefit from the opportunity to split the final exam in two sections, to be held during the course.
Assessment criteria: This is based on the rate of correct responses. To pass the exam students must correctly respond to a minimum of 60% of questions.
Course unit contents: 1. Storic-epistemological introduction to cognitive science
2. Empirical/methodological approaches
3. Perception of physical signals
4. Attention
5. Memeory
6. Learning
7. Language
8. Thinking and reasoning
9. Human and animal intelligence
10. Numerical and aritmetical cognition
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Whenever applicable, teaching in class will be integrated with practical demonstrations of experimental psychological settings. Students can actively take part to some experiments while visiting some laboratories. All students will be invited to enroll for experiments by visiting the web site
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides used by the teacher in class will be made available (to students attending the course only) through the Moodle platform, following appropriate registration.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Zorzi, Marco; Girotto, Vittorio, Manuale di psicologia generalea cura di Vittorio Girotto, Marco Zorzi. Bologna: Il mulino, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dell'Acqua, Roberto; Turatto, Massimo, Attenzione e percezionei processi cognitivi tra psicologia e neuroscienzeRoberto Dell'Acqua, Massimo Turatto. Roma: Carocci, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo