The proposed program will allow students who have not previously acquired disciplinary knowledge to achieve the indicated educational objectives. There are therefore no prerequisites, but supplementary readings may be recommended.
The course will introduce students to the study of mind and behavior, by providing the critical, historical and methodological foundations needed to frame psychology as a scientific discipline.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- understand the features of the different theoretical approaches in psychology.
- elaborate and integrate knowledge into the workings of the mind and behavior.
- interpret experimental protocols used for the study of mind and behavior.
- communicate in a clear and unambiguous way their knowledge of human behavior
- deepen topics of interest in their own way.
The course will examine the basic topics of general psychology and will provide conceptual guidance to help students to understand the fundamental issues and controversies in psychological research.
Psychology: an historical Introduction to the science of mind and behavior; methodology of research in psychology; sensation; perception; attention; learning; memory; language; thought; intelligence; motivation; emotion.
Holt, Bremener, Sutherland, Vliek, Passer & Smith (2019). Psicologia generale. Understanding the mind by observing behavior. McGraw Hill (except chapters 3, 4, 14 and 15).
The course is composed by 64 hours of teaching, divided into 3-hour lectures.
The lectures make use of slides and concern theoretical aspects of the discipline integrated by practical examples of the main experimental paradigms.
Attendance is optional but highly recommended.
The exam consists of a written test and a subsequent oral integration.
- The written test consists of 30 questions with multiple choice answers to be completed in 30 minutes and it covers the entire exam program. The score of the written test is calculated only taking into account correct answers.
- The oral test is optional, requires the passing of the written test and consists in an interview on the whole program.
The evaluation criteria are: focusing, mastery and exposition.
The final grade corresponds to the score of the written test weighted with the evaluation of the oral test (if present).