02207 - General Psychology

Course Unit Page

  • Credits 8

  • SSD M-PSI/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

The course will develop following knowledge and skills:

- Fundamentals of scientific Psychology with specific reference to cognitive processes. This is a basic knowledge useful to understand human behavior in educational settings, as well as in the planning and in the assessment phases of educational interventions. –

-The ability to collect, explain and thought about the cognitive functioning of psychological data, showing critical thinking and self-criticism

- Basic Psychological knowledge necessary to undertake further studies in Developmental Pychology, Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology.

Course contents

The course will concern the fundamental knowledge of scientific psychology from its origins to the most recent studies on cognitive processes. The general objective of the course is to provide students the basic knowledge of the human mind functioning also in relation to neuroscience.

The outline of the course consists in:

Historical introduction to scientific psychology with particular reference to the current Psychological perspectives: Neuroscience, Evolutionary Perspective, Behaviorism, Cognitive and Socio-cultural approaches.

Methods in psychological research: experimental method, the observational method, the psychometric approach.

General concepts about the biology of the mind, the states of consciousness and the neurological mechanisms underlying addiction.

Evolutionary psychology: the nature/nurture controversy in the human behavior.

Cognitive processes: perception, learning, memory, thought.

Specific issues: intelligence, emotions and personality.


David G. Meyers.
PSICOLOGIA GENERALE. Un'introduzione al pensiero critico e all'indagine scientifica.
Bologna: Zanichelli. Ed Italiana 2014:
Chapters; Prologo, I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIII.
Extra details will be available on AMS Campus

Teaching methods

Academic teaching (Lecture).

Students are encouraged to attend lectures in order to directly interact with the teacher about the contents of the course. Lectures aim to deepen the understanding of the main issues of the course contents.

Assessment methods

Written Examination: 14 quest. Multiple Choise Test (4 choise), plus an open answer question. The test have to be ended in 1 hour.

Questions are aimed to verify the knowledge, as well as the understanding, of the issues covered in the course.

At the end of the course, a meeting will be devoted to a detailed description of the assessment method, and some examples of the questions included in the test will be given.

In order to have the exam, you will need to subscribe through the electronic in board (almaesami), within the provided deadlines. Those who cannot do it since technical issues are required to report promptly (prior to the official closing of the examination lists) the problem with the teaching secretariat.

Teaching tools

Lectures will constantly use visual aids (PowerPoint).

Some teaching materials will be available on AMS Campus.