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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

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Practical activities and exercises carried out during the laboratory will be under the responsibility of the teachers involved in the Course. At the end of these activities, the student will be able to assess the psychological profile of an individual with particular reference to the cognitive and emotional functioning and to identify tools and types of interventions can be developed in most areas: school and education, law, communication, health. The laboratory will also be aimed at the preparation of the thesis: make use of electronic resources and research of scientific literature necessary to the elaboration of his thesis work, set up a research design, selecting the right tools to search for the presentation of the data related to the thesis; apply the main techniques of research and data analysis in the field of applied cognitive psychology.

Course contents

Module 1 – Clinical Intervention Planning (Dr. Ruben Lazzerini): The course will deal with the development of a psychological intervention project, concerning its features, operational steps, methodologies and regulatory framework. Additionally, the module will cover The Deontological Code of Italian Psychologists; specifically, it will focus on the contents of the articles of the Deontological Code, with practical examples of the most frequent types of deontological errors and the most important regulatory aspects of the profession.

Module 2 – Personality Assessment (Dr. Luca Bensi): the course will deal with the definition of personality and the description of the following personality questionnaires (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), Object Relations Tecnique (ORT), 16 Personality Factors-5 (16PF-5), Role Construct Repertory Test).

Module 3 – Intelligence Assessment (Prof. Sara Giovagnoli): the course will be focused on the definition of intelligence, IQ and intellectual disabilities and the description of intelligence tests, with a particular attention to WAIS-IV, KBIT-2, Raven’s Coloured and Standard Progressive Matrices and relative scoring procedures.

Module 4 - Techniques in Sport Psychology (Dr. Serena Mastria). The course focuses on the primary intervention techniques of a sports psychologist, providing direct practice with a standard instrument for athletes’ evaluation (the performance profile). Specifically, it will be possible to learn how to: 1) approach a sporting context; 2) identify areas for action; 3) plan and perform the intervention, focusing on self-talk, imagery, and anxiety management techniques; 4) evaluate own work.

Module 5 - Virtual reality and artificial intelligence: Applications in Psychology (Dr. Andrea Pavan). In the first part of the laboratory virtual reality and augmented reality will be briefly introduced, and how these technologies can be used to improve the social and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The pros and cons of virtual reality treatments will also be discussed. In the second part of the laboratory, artificial Intelligence will be briefly introduced with reference to Machine Learning, Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning. We will examine how these research fields can be used to develop applications for the diagnosis and treatment of ASD. The final part focuses on some examples of how artificial intelligence and socially assistive robots can be used to improve important social, emotional and communication functions in children with ASD.

Module 6 – Research Methodology (Prof. Andrea De Cesarei): the course will deal with some critical issue in the preparation of a thesis dissertation: recognition of a research problem, bibliographical research, literature critical analysis, the definition of dependent and independent variables, the choice of an experimental procedure, the use of statistics, discussion of results and research limitations.


Concerning all modules, lesson notes will be required for final exam. The following books are supplementary.

Module 2 (Personality Assessment):

  • Butcher, J. N., & Williams, C. L. (2008). Fondamenti per l'interpretazione del MMPI-2 e del MMPI-A. Seconda edizione. Firenze: Giunti Organizzazioni Speciali.
  • Del Corno, F., & Lang, M. (2006). La diagnosi delle relazioni oggettuali con l'Object Relations Technique (ORT). Griglia di valutazione clinica con i dati di un campione italiano. Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore.
  • Manna, G. (2013). Introduzione alle tecniche di valutazione della personalità. Milano: Franco Angeli.
  • Armezzani, M., Grimaldi, F., & Pezzullo, L. (2003). Tecniche costruttiviste per la diagnosi psicologica. Milano: McGraw-Hill.

Module 3 (Intelligence Assessment):

  • Bonifacci, P. & Nori, R. (2016). KBIT-2. Kaufman Brief Intelligence test second edition. Contributo alla taratura italiana. Giunti O.S., Firenze.
  • Lang, M., Michelotti, C., & Bardelli E. (2015). Wais-IV. Wechsler adult intelligence-Scale-IV: lettura dei risultati e interpretazione clinica. Raffaello Cortina Editore.
  • Lichtenberger, E. O., & Kaufman, A. S. (2009). Essentials of WAIS-IV assessment (Vol. 50). John Wiley & Sons.
  • Weiss, L. G., Saklofske, D. H., Coalson, D., & Raiford, S. E. (Eds.). (2010). WAIS-IV clinical use and interpretation. Academic Press.
  • Orsini, A., Pezzuti, L., Picone, L. (2012). WISC-IV: contributo alla taratura italiana. Firenze : Giunti O.S.

Module 4 (Techniques in Sport Psychology)

  • Lucidi F. (a cura di) (2011); Sportivamente, Temi di Psicologia dello sport. LED, Milano. (Chapters: 3, 14, 16).

Module 5 (Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence: Applications in Psychology):

  • Slides, In-depth slides provided by the lecturer, and scientific articles

Module 6 (Research Methodology):

  • Shaughnessy, JJ, Zechmeister, EB, Zechmeister, JS (2012). Metodologia della ricerca in psicologia . Milano: McGraw-Hill.

Teaching methods

Lessons will be in Italian. Lessons will consist of lectures and practice exercises with examples, PC exercises, use of tests and digital technologies, discussions and working groups. Module 1 will include lectures and a working group in which students will develop an intervention project. At the end, students will discuss together their works.

The attendance to each module is required. If students won’t have their certificate of attendance they will have to attend the module during the following year.

Modules 2 to 5 will be organized in a single day of 6 hours for each schedule. Each lesson will be repeated 4 times in order to allow all students to participate in small groups. Module 1 and 6 will consist of separate lessons (module 1: four lessons, for a total amount of 16 hours; module 6: five lessons, for a total amount of 20 hours).

In consideration of the type of activity and the teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in Modules 1 and 2 of safety training in the places of study, in e-learning mode.


More information about the dates will be available on the site of the Program. 


Assessment methods

The final exam will assess the achievement of the educational goals of the course. The exam will consist of 3 tests, concerning respectively module 1, module 6 and modules 2 to 5. The tests concerning module 1 and 6 will take place during the last lesson and can be repeated during each exam session.

The exam concerning module 1 will consist in planning a clinical intervention (pair work), on a theme which will be selected by the teacher.

For the test of module 6, students will be asked to discuss a brief article or a section of an article. Students will be tested on the acquisition of skills required for dissertation’s preparation. The evaluation will be positive if the student show that the main concepts discussed in the course (rationale, design, results and interpretation) were used while reading the article.

The exam concerning modules 2 to 5 will consist of a multiple choice test relative to each module’s topics. The threshold for passing each evaluation is at least 70% correct responses. For the exam concerning modules 2-5, registration is required to take the exam through the function present on the AlmaEsami website, in compliance with the established deadlines.

For the validation of the acquisition of competences required, students will have to pass all tests.

Teaching tools

projector, computer, overhead projector.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea De Cesarei

See the website of Ruben Lazzerini

See the website of Luca Bensi

See the website of Sara Giovagnoli

See the website of Serena Mastria

See the website of Andrea Pavan