37202 - Cognitive Sciences (1) (2nd cycle)

Academic Year 2018/2019

  • Docente: Laura Calzà
  • Credits:: 6
  • SSD: L-LIN/01
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics (cod. 9220)

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide basic elements for understanding the cultural debate on cognitive sciences, with particular reference to language, with the aim of bringing the point of view of the scientific world as close as possible to the humanistic field and specifically to the field of theoretical and applied linguistics.

Course contents

Part I: introduction and methods of study

1. notes on the form and function of cells and organ of the mind (2 hours)
2. study methods in cognitive science (2 hours)

Part II: theories of mind
- Mind, body and the brain: a story of duality (2 hours)
- Innateness, learning, memory (2 hours)
- Perception, thought, conscience and autocoscience (2 hours)

Part III: Language
- Nature and culture, neuroanatomy, neuropsychology and language (2 hours)
- Lesions of the brain and cognitive neuroanatomy of language (2 hours)
- Acquisition and development of written and spoken language (2 hours)
- Perception of speech and language production (2 hours)
- Morphology and syntax in the brain (2 hours)
- The brains of multilingual (2 hours)
- Sign language (2 hours)
- Evolutionary perspective of human language (2 hours)

Part IV: Beyond the mind-body dualism
- The emotions and the mind (2 hours)
- The emotions and the choice of words (2 hours)
- Facial expressions and language (2 hours)


Neuroscienze cognitive, Gazzaniga MS, Ivry RB, Mangun GR (eds), Zanichelli, 2005
Principi di Neuroscienze Cognitive, edizione italiana a cura di A. Zani, Zanichelli, 2009

Teaching methods

lectures with 15 minutes of questions and answers

Assessment methods

- Ongoing written evaluation, which will focus on the terminology used. This test should be seen as a tool of self-learning. A positive result could be considered, chosen by the student, for the final evaluation.

- Final testing with critical commentary of the text. For students who have not supported or exceeded the ongoing evaluation also questions about terminology will be proposed

The knowledge checks will give priority the conceptual aspects than purely notional and will aim to assess the fundamental knowledge of matter, their independent judgment, the ability to learn even with stand-alone tools, the ability to communicate scientific concepts.

Teaching tools

Teaching material presented to class will be available through a username and password at AMS Campus - AlmaDL - University of Bologna.

The educational material presented in class does not replace but supplement the reference texts, and is a guide for the selection and understanding of the subject matter. It is advisable not to print the material well in advance of the lesson of reference: the teacher could make changes.

Office hours

See the website of Laura Calzà