54821 - Non-verbal Communication

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  • Teacher Paola Surcinelli

  • Credits 1

  • SSD M-PSI/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2019/2020

Course contents

The course aims to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge related to:

-the clinical interview in the health field: structure, main characteristics, verbal and non-verbal communication;

- direct observation of behaviour during the clinical interview;

- non-verbal communication channels: physical characteristics, artifacts, face and facial mimicry, gestures, movements, posture;

-the facial expressions of emotions;

-interpersonal distance and space placement;

-non-verbal elements of speech;

-transfert and controtransfert;

-the observation of child behavior: attachment theory and Strange Situation.


The purchase of specific texts will be indicated during the lessons. Updated teaching materials will be available at https://iol.unibo.it, name of the online teaching service-online teaching support.

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of 1 CFU of frontal lessons, corresponding to 12 hours.

Assessment methods

The learning test takes place through a final exam, which ascertains the acquisition of the expected knowledge and skills through the conduct of a written test lasting about 30 minutes. The written test consists of 16 questions of which 15 multiple choice (each answer correct allows to get 2 points) and 1 with dichotomic response (true-false; value 1 point) on the parts of the program that will be treated and indicated to students during the Lessons.

Teaching tools

Power point slides, short movies, interactions with students. The teaching material presented in the lecture (Power point slides) will be made available to the student in electronic format via the Internet. To obtain the teaching material: https://iol.unibo.it [https://iol.unibo.it/] .

Office hours

See the website of Paola Surcinelli