01231 - General Psychology II

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

Good health and well-being Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

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