Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0172 (AF:404320 AR:254494)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course introduces students to psychological science. Based on the analysis of the historical context, theories and methodology of psychological science will be presented. From Wundt and Freud to the most recent research in the field of cognitive science and sociology psychology, the fundamental theoretical concepts for the understanding of psychic and social dinamics will be presented.The course has two main objectives.
1. Define and explain what psychology is by distinguishing between what is the psychology of common sense and what is psychology as a scientific discipline.
2. Explain what the cognitive processes of the human being are, and how they work.
Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course students will be able to define the science of psychology. They will know the main psychological theories and the functioning of the main cognitive processes. Students will also be able to use the terminology inherent in this discipline in an appropriate manner.

Application of knowledge: at the end of the course students will be able to use the acquired notions to understand and interpret social and relational phenomena. They will also learn to understand the point of view of others starting from the fundamental assumption that by knowing better the functioning of the human mind and cognitive processes we can make the most of it and understand how other people use it.

Communication: through laboratory activities, students will learn to put into practice the main communication techniques by developing marketing and communication campaigns.
The course does not provide any prerequisite only a curiosity for the functioning of the human mind.
1. History of psychology
2. Sensation and perception
3. Attention and action
4. Consciousness
5. representation and knowledge
6. Learning
7. Memory
8. Thougth and creativity.
9. Language
10. Motivation
11. Emotion
Paolo Legrenzi, Fondamenti di psicologia generale, nuova edizione, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2021. Paolo Legrenzi Alessandra Jacomuzzi, Si fa presto a dire psicologia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2020. Alessandra Jacomuzzi, Introduzione alle scienze cognitive, Bologna Il Mulino in press.

for further information:
Turing, A. Intelligenza meccanica, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 1994
Jacomuzzi, A. Cubo o sfera? Nuove prospettive sul Quesito di Molyneuz, Rivista di estetica, 2004.
Fedeli, D. Il disturbo da deficit di attenzione e iperattività, Carocci, Roma, 2012.
Gallese, V. Dai neuroni specchio alla consonanza intenzionale, Rivista di psicoanalisi 2007.
D'ambrosio e Supino, la sindrome dei falsi ricordi, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2014.
Legrenzi, Creatività e innovazione, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2010.
Ruggiero e Sassaroli, I disturbi alimentari, Laterza, Roma, 2014.
Goleman, Intelligenza emotiva, Bur, Milano 2011.
Written exam with multiple choice questions. For each wrong question 0.25 points will be deducted. The exam will NOT be open book.
The course provides online lessons and interactive lessons in which the teacher's explanation involves discussions and working groups on particular themes.
The course provides a laboratory activity in which students will develop a marketing and communication campaign, working in a group.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 05/04/2023