93502 - Cognitive Styles and Wellbeing

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  • Teacher Lorenzo Tonetti

  • Credits 4

  • SSD M-PSI/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Psychology of Wellbeing and Social Inclusivity (cod. 5700)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


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

Good health and well-being Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will know the main theoretical models of cognitive styles in a chronopsychological framework with a focus on ethnicity differences. Moreover, the students will learn the potential pathways linking cognitive styles to wellbeing.

Course contents

The course will deal with the following two subject matters.


1. Sleep

1.1. Methods of assessment

1.2. Models of sleep regulation

1.3. Sleep disorders


2. Chronobiology and cognitive styles

2.1. Chronobiology: methods of assessment and models

2.2. Individual differences in circadian rhythms

2.3. Cognitive styles within a chronopsychological framework


1. Roenneberg, T. (2012). Internal Time. Chronotypes, Social Jetlag, and Why You’re So Tired. Cambridge, Massachusetts – London, England: Harvard University Press.


2. Kozhevnikov, M. (2007). Cognitive styles in the context of modern psychology: Toward an integrated framework of cognitive style. Psychological Bulletin, 133(3), 464–481. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-2909.133.3.464

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures, practical activities, and seminars by experts.

As regards practical activities, each student will work in small-size groups on two different topics assigned by teacher (one topic for each subject matter) and will present the work in classroom through a PowerPoint presentation. These two presentations will not receive any score.

Students will have the opportunity to wear actigraphy devices.

Assessment methods

- The learning will be assessed through an oral examination. Two questions will be asked, aimed to verify the learning outcomes.

- One question for each subject matter, as outlined within the section Course contents, will be asked.

- Each answer will receive a score between 0 and 15 based on the criteria of: a) completeness; b) explanatory clarity; c) ability of critical re-elaboration of learned material; d) ability to establish connections between the different course contents.

- The final grade will be the result of the sum of the scores assigned to each answer. The minimum performance to overcome the oral examination is to get a score of at least 9/15 for each answer. The final grade 30/30 will be assigned in case of full satisfaction of criteria at previous point in all replies.

- During oral examination tools as calculators and dictionaries are not allowed.

- No in “itinere” tests are granted.

Teaching tools

PC, projector, PowerPoint presentations.

Office hours

See the website of Lorenzo Tonetti