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CODE 55975
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-PSI/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
PREREQUISITES
Propedeuticità in uscita
Questo insegnamento è propedeutico per gli insegnamenti:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The lectures are designed to provide foundational knowledge in scientific psychology and methodology and are organized into two distinct blocks.

  1. First Block: This section covers the history of psychology, the neuropsychological basis of behavior, and principal theories related to perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language, thinking processes, intelligence, motivation, emotion, stress, and wellbeing.
  2. Second Block: This section focuses on elementary statistics and methodological principles aligned with Euro-psy norms

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Provide Historical and epistemological basis. Study biological basis and review the main objects of interest of this branch of knowledge comparing different approaches. Provide methodological and statistical basis helpful to understand and design experimental and/or practical researches in psychology.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the main psychological approaches and place them along a historical timeline, with particular attention to the economic and social contexts in which they developed.
  • Possess basic knowledge of the main areas of interest in modern scientific psychology.
  • Recognize the areas of application of psychological theories.
  • Know the fundamentals of psychological research methodology.
  • Possess basic notions of descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Read and interpret the results of surveys conducted using scientific quantitative and/or qualitative approaches.

PREREQUISITES

Basical linguistic knowledge, ability to operate links.

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures and slides on Aula Web. Lectures are also available online in streaming.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Course Content Overview

  1. Historical Mainframe

    • The birth and development of major psychological approaches
    • Epistemological basis of scientific psychology
  2. Neuropsychological Basis

    • Fundamental neuropsychological principles
  3. Sensory Systems and Measurement

    • Senses and their measurement
  4. Perception Theories
    • Perceptual constancy
    • Perceived depth
    • Images and movement
    • Amodal completion
  5. Consciousness

    • Sleep
    • Dreams
    • Hypnosis
    • Drug use
  6. Learning and Memory

    • Classical conditioning
    • Operant conditioning
    • Memory systems
    • Multi-process theories
    • Working memory
    • Attention
    • Long-term memory
    • Forgetting
    • Improving memory
  7. Thinking Processes

    • Problem solving
    • Decision making
  8. Intelligence

    • From the g factor to factorial theories
    • Measuring intelligence
    • Intelligence tests
    • IQ
  9. Language

        Spoken language perception
        Words and meanings
        First language learning
        Bilinguilism

  10. Motivation

    • Instincts, drives, and incentives
    • Primary and secondary motivations
    • Maslow’s theory
  11. Emotions

    • Basic emotions
    • Expressive behavior
    • Peripheral, central, and cognitive theories of emotions
  12. Personality

    • Psychoanalytic model
    • Humanistic model
    • Trait theories
    • Socio-cognitive model
    • Learning/conditioning model
    • Reliability and validity of personality measures
  13. Well being

    • Sources of stress
    • Measuring stress
    • Conflicts and physiological outcomes
    • General adaptation syndrome model
    • Psychosomatic diseases
    • Posttraumatic stress disorders
    • Anxiety and stress coping
    • Psychological well-being

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. G. Amoretti, Progetto Create: Psicologia generale, Scienze e Tecniche Psicologiche, McGraw-Hill Education, Milano, 2021
  2. D. Gatti, T. Vecchi, Che cos’è la memoria, Carocci, Roma, 2020.
  3. Papers and other materials provided during each lecture.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

First semester.

Students are required to register on Aula web to download teaching materials and to sign up to the assessments.

Class schedule

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Multiple choice test in Italian.

An oral examination can be requestedby international students.

To sit for an exam you must enrol to students' portal.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The assessment will concern main psychological theories, comprehension of psychological mechanisms inducing human behaviour, learning of research methodology basis and both descriptive and inferential statistics.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For Students with Disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students with disabilities or SLD are reminded that to request exam accommodations, you must first upload your certification to the university website at servizionline.unige.it in the "Students" section. The documentation will be verified by the University's Inclusion Services Department for students with disabilities and SLD (https://rubrica.unige.it/strutture/struttura/100111).

Subsequently, well in advance (at least 10 days) before the exam date, students are required to send an email to the professor conducting the exam. Copy both the School Inclusion Officer for students with disabilities and SLD (laura.traverso@unige.it) and the aforementioned department using one of the following addresses (disabili@unige.it; dsa@unige.it). The email should include:

  • Course name
  • Exam date
  • Student's last name, first name, and enrollment number
  • Requested compensatory tools and dispensatory measures.