01230 - General Psychology I

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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 Quality education

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course intends to offer an analytic panorama of the actual knowledge in the field of general psychology and cognitive processes. Fundamental concepts will be introduced for being able to correctly appraise the history and the development of the fundamental concepts of cognitive sciences. Furthermore the students will study, during the course, basic methological aspects related to the study of the human behaviour.

Course contents

The course is designed to provide knowledge of the cognitive basis   of human behaviour. Topics related to history, methods of research, memory, learning, thinking, knowledge representation, cognitive processes in different states of consciousness (with particular attention to the study of mental activity during sleep).

The contents are the following schedule:

Historical introduction to scientific psychology: phenomenology, behaviorism, cognitivism, recent developments in neuroscience with particular reference to the mind-brain problem;

Methods in psychological research;

Cognitive processes: learning, memory, thinking, consciousness;

Specific aspects of behaviour: cognitive processes during sleep will be investigated within the study of states of consciousness.

The course will take place during the first cycle of lectures (from September to December 2022)


Occhionero M. (a cura di). Introduzione alla Psicologia Generale. Carocci, 2018. Capitoli: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8

Ficca G., Fabbri M. (a cura di). Psicologia del sonno. Maggioli Editore, 2019. Capitoli 1, 4, 5, 6

D'Urso V., Giusberti F. Esperimenti di Psicologia. Zanichelli, 2000. (Capp. 1,6,9,10,11,12,13,17,18)


The topics discussed during lectures will be evaluated in the exam even if they are not present in the texts.

The contents present in bibliography but not examined in detail during the course must be considered part of the exam program.

The slides of the lessons will be available in the online teaching materials (link to Virtual in the side menu on the right)

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures

Due to the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemia, the methods of teaching provision may change even at very short notice. Students are invited to keep up to date through the Degree Course web page. Additional (non-mandatory) resources for preparation will be provided through supplementary materials uploaded to the Virtual platform. Indications for accessing these resources will be provided in class and on the Virtual platform

Assessment methods

Instruments such as calculation aids or vocabularies are not permitted assessment of learning takes place only through the final exam that tests the acquisition of knowledge and skills expected by a written test lasting 60 minutes without the help of notes or books.
The written test consists of 60 multiple choice questions. For each correct answer the score is 0.50. Both a wrong answer and a question not answered are worth 0 points. Scores are rounded up. If you provide a correct answer to all 60 questions, the final score is 30 marks cum laude

The test is passed if the score obtained is at least 18 points.

Instruments such as calculation aids or vocabularies are not permitted.

Enrollment in the tests will always take place through the Alma Esami application.

Teaching tools

During the lectures, slides will be projected and discussed. The slides will be available to students on the University's web platform Virtuale (specific directions will be given during class and also made available by email).

Office hours

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