Psicologia Generale (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Silvia Savazzi
Silvia Savazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at highlighting the theoretical bases of the various cognitive abilities and to explain the mechanisms by which humans adapt and react to the external environment.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the historical basis of how psychology was formed.
• Understanding and evaluating basic research methods used by psychologists to address different hypotheses.
• Differentiate between several measures of brain activity used in biopsychological research.
• To identify theoretical underpinnings of the major areas of psychology, including cognition (thought, memory, perception), learning, personality, social and environmental influences, development, and physiology of behavior.


The course will address the following topics:
1. history of psychology.
2. methods of investigation.
3. sensation and perception.
4. attention.
5. awareness.
6. learning.
7. memory.
8. emotions.
9. motivation.
10. language and thinking.
11. intelligence.

Lectures dedicated to each of the topics will be given. The teacher strongly encourages active participation of the students with questions and open discussion.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Bonfiglioli e Castiello Metodi di indagine in neuroscienze cognitive Piccin 2005
Purves D, et al. Neuroscienze Cognitive (Edizione 2) Zanichelli 2015
Anolli L., Legrenzi P. Psicologia generale Ed. il Mulino, Bologna 2009
Castiello Tecniche sperimentali di ricerca in psicologia Piccin 1995

Assessment methods and criteria

The aim of the exam is to assess the knowledge acquired by the students during the course, as well as their ability to make inferences and connections about the different topics discussed during the course.

The exam will be in the form of a written examination with open questions. Oral examination to integrate the score is allowed but not mandatory.
The exam will cover the lectures (including demonstrations and video). Suggested books serve to help the student to have a deeper understanding of the topic and, for non-attending students, to better follow the lectures’ contents.

The exam will be the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are encouraged to contact the teacher to receive help following the program and arrange the examination.

The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths.

All lectures can be find at the e-learning page linked to this course.