81838 - Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics (A-E)

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  • Teacher Claudia Scorolli

  • Credits 12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Communication Sciences (cod. 8885)


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

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has acquired a general knowledge of the main theoretical accounts of Psychology, of the most important cognitive processes, of the main experimental methods of cognitive psychology and their applications in the field of ergonomics

Course contents

The first part of the course will be oriented towards the general aspects of Cognitive Psychology. The aim is to give students a general idea about the historical aspects of the most important psychological schools and about the main cognitive processes studied in psychology.

In the second part of the course, the program will face cognitive processes in more detail. The aim is the achievement of a general knowledge of the examined topics and of the main experimental methods.


- Psicologia. Processi cognitivi, teoria e applicazioni. Nicoletti, Rumiati, Lotto. Il Mulino, Bologna. Edizione 2017.

- Introduzione all'ergonomia cognitiva. Nicoletti,Vandi, Carocci, Roma. Edizione 2021.

Teaching methods

Lectures with power point presentations. The slides will be available on Virtuale.


Attendance is strongly recommended.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of a multiple choice test.

The examination aims to verify:

1. the mastery of the acquired contents;

2. the level of critical-conceptual elaboration of the proposed contents;

3. the ability to orient oneself among the main interpretative lines.


For attending students: the multiple-choice test is complemented by the possibility to answer an open question. The open question focuses on issues addressed during the course, thus on group activities and topics supplementary to the content of the texts. Detailed explanations will be provided in class and uploaded on Virtuale.


Students can participate in all the exams following the year of enrollment, keeping in mind that the syllabus and exam modality will be updated according to the current academic year's course.

Before the verbalization of the outcome of the examination, the student is invited to participate in an experiment.

Teaching tools

Participation in experimental sessions for in-depth exploration of consolidated and new paradigms.

Office hours

See the website of Claudia Scorolli