01231 - General Psychology II

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Marco Costa
  • Credits: 12
  • SSD: M-PSI/01
  • Language: Italian
  • Moduli: Marco Costa (Modulo 1) Andrea De Cesarei (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Psychological sciences and techniques (cod. 8774)

Learning outcomes

a) Basic cognitive processes (attention, language, communication, intelligence, motivation, emotion)

b) Theories of personality (trait, biological, phenomenological, behavioral, socio-cognitive theory);

c) Comparison between main cognitive models and theories.

Course contents

Module 1 Prof. Andrea De Cesarei

1) Sensation and Perception

2) Attention

3) Stress, health and coping strategies

Module 2 Prof. Marco Costa 

4) Motivation and emotion 

5) Personality

6) Intelligence

7) Evolutionary Psychology


Turatto, M. (2018). Psicologia Generale. Milano: Mondadori Università (capitoli 4, 10, 11, 12).

Atkinson & Hilgard’s. Introduzione alla psicologia (16° edizione). Capitoli: 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14

Buss, D. M. (2020). Psicologia Evoluzionistica. Milano: Pearson

Articoli scientifici o rassegne eventualmente consigliate dal docente a lezione.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, video and power-point presentations, scientific paper discussion, experiments.

Assessment methods

The grade is weighted according to this scheme:

- 16 points for the module of Prof. Marco Costa
- 14 points for the module of Prof. Andrea De Cesarei

The 16-point subtest, related to Marco Costa's module, is subdivided in:

- 10 points: 20 multiple-choice questions with a score of 0.5 point each;
- 6 points: 6 open-questions in 30 minutes with a maximum score of 1 point each. 

Open questions will be evaluated according to this scheme:

- 0 for missing answer;

- 0.2 for highly insufficient content;

- 0.4 for insufficient content and reasoning;

- 0.6 for sufficient content and reasoning;

- 0.8 for good content and reasoning;

- 1 for excellent content and reasoning.


The 14-point subtest, related to Andrea De Cesarei's module, includes 20 multiple-choice questions with a score of 0.7 point each. 


Teaching tools

Textbooks, video, online experiments, scientific papers.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Costa

See the website of Andrea De Cesarei


Good health and well-being Gender equality

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.