12914 - Communication Psychology (1)

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  • Teacher Roberto Caterina

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-PSI/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Drama, Art and Music Studies (cod. 0956)


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

Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

After having attended this course students will learn:

  • the basic knowledges and rules concerning communicative competence both in verbal and nonverbal systems;
  • social aspects of communication in the realms of clothing and fashion;
  • some communicative tools and skills concerning emotional regulation in clinical and art therapies settings;
  • the basic knowledge concerning how communication can be appropriate and efficient;
  • how some psychological tecniques such as clinical and survey interview are taken into consideration in the scientific study of psychology of communication.

Course contents

This course is going to teach about structure and functions of communicative processes. Differences between language and communication, verbal and nonverbal communication, human and non-human communication will be also taken into account. The course eventually will deal with some social processes such as conversation, the development of communicative skills, communication and social influence.

Emphasis will be given to these topics:

- nonverbal communication: basic signs and main functions;

- nonverbal communication and social aspects: fashion and its meaning;

- nonverbal communication in art-therapies.


Ricci Bitti, P.E., Zani, B. La comunicazione come processo sociale. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1983(alternative book Anolli, L. Psicologia della comunicazione. Bologna:  il Mulino, 2002, cap. 1-2-6-7-8-9-10 e 11).

Ricci Bitti, P.E., Caterina, R. (A cura di). Moda, relazioni sociali e comunicazione. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1995

Caterina, R. Che cosa sono le artiterapie, Carocci: Roma, 2005.


Teaching methods

Traditional lectures. Ppt presentation and Group discussions. Due to the COVID 19 limitations classes could be done in presence and on line (according to a blended teaching modality). Special interactive lectures will be organized on major theoretical topics on perception. Students may be personally contribute to these lectures, also if their contribution is not compulsory. See the notices on my web diary for other information and variation.

Assessment methods

In standard examinations students will be asked to write short essays on 3 open questions (75 minutes will be given, no possibility to use books or reports during the task) concerning the books which have been mentioned as suggested readings. Achieving an organic vision of the issues dealt with, the possession of expressive mastery and a specific language, the originality of reflection as well as the familiarity with the tools of analysis of psychology of communication will be evaluated with excellent marks. Mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, unmanaged synthesis and analysis skills, or a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic domain of psychology of communication not going further from what has already been discussed during the lessons, will lead to good or fair evaluations. Lack of training or inappropriate language, as well as a lack of knowledge of the tools of psychology of communication will lead to an evaluation that will stand on the threshold of sufficiency. Lack of training, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliography and inability to analyse the psychology of communication can only be evaluated negatively. Final evaluation will refer to the mean of the single answer evaluations. Special criteria will be adopted in case of missing answers.

Due to COVID 19 the standard examination as above described maybe substitueted by an oral on line examination as it happens since March 2020. A more detailed description of this oral examination may be found on the front desk notices of my webpage. 

Students are requested to apply for test using "almaesami" on line system.

Students who regularly attend the class may apply for a special multiple-choiche test, if possible due to COVID 19 emergency, based on what has been discussed during class. If the multiple choice examination will not be possible, an oral examination based on what has been discussed during class will be done instead. Special interactive events will be also planned during the class. Students who successfully partecipate to those events may have some extra credits (up to 3 points) that will be added to the result of their final test (that for attending students). 

Teaching tools

Pc animations.Scientific papers.

Office hours

See the website of Roberto Caterina