85171 - Experimental Psychology

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Statistical Sciences (cod. 9222)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the student knows the basic constructs of the general psychology and the main methods of the behavior study. In particular the student acquires the basic skills on cognitive and emotional processes.

Course contents

RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY: Descriptive Studies; Correlational studies: Observational studies; Experimental studies.

PERCEPTION: Relationship between perceptive process and reality; iii) Bottom-up and top-down mechanisms; Attentional systems; Selective attention; Localization; Recognition; Perceptual constancy; Perceptual Illusions; Perception and Marketing

MEMORY: Memory Systems; Memory processes; Working Memory; Memory and Emotion; Deficits of Memory.

LEARNING: Habituation; Classical Conditioning; Operant Conditioning Other Learning Processes.

EMOTION AND MOTIVATION: Emotion and Perception. Theories of emotion. Emotional responses. Emotional expression; Motivations; Emotion and Marketing


Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Geoff R. Loftus, Willem A. Wagenaar, Atkinson & Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology 16th Edition. --: Wadsworth Pub Co, 2014

Teaching methods

Lessons will require the active participation of students. During the course, students will study and present  research articles  of intersest on specific topics.

Assessment methods

A final oral exam will be characterized by three questions (approximately 15 minutes per question).

The mark will be based on the following criteria: 1) completeness; 2) accuracy; 3) ability to make connections between themes and personal reworking

The maximum score for the exam is 30 with honors and 18/30 is the minimum score to pass the exam.

Students have to enroll in the exam on Almaesami website.

If the student did not pass the exam, he/she can enroll in the next.


Teaching tools

The lectures will be supported by the use of Power Point and of the videoprojector. The videoprojector will also be used to show short videos.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Maurizio Codispoti


Good health and well-being

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