Psychobiology of learning disorders (2011/2012)

Course code
4S02387
Credits
9
Coordinator
Valentina Moro
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PSICOBIOLOGIA E NEUROPSICOLOGIA 5 M-PSI/02-PSYCHOBIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY Sem. 1B Valentina Moro
PSICOLOGIA DELLE DISABILITÀ E DIFFICOLTÀ DELL'APPRENDIMENTO 4 M-PSI/04-DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Sem. 2A Marinella Majorano

Learning outcomes

Module: PSICOBIOLOGIA E NEUROPSICOLOGIA
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The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge about the biological networks underlying development of human behaviour, learning processes and educational activities. Furthermore, the most important areas of the modern neuropsychological research will be discussed.


Module: PSICOLOGIA DELLE DISABILITÀ E DIFFICOLTÀ DELL'APPRENDIMENTO
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The first part of the course focuses on basic themes regarding different educational learning problems, examining specific learning disabilities. In particular, a preliminary analysis of fundamental theories about children’s learning acquisition and development is conducted with attention to pre-scholastic prerequisites. In the second part of the course the principal diagnostic models are considered, focusing on the distinction between difficulties and disabilities and the characteristics of clinical profiles. In addition, the educational and applicative problems are considered, analysing the role of individual, familiar, scholastic and cultural aspects, and examining motivational and socio-emotional components.

Syllabus

Module: PSICOBIOLOGIA E NEUROPSICOLOGIA
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a) Introduction to Psychobiology
b) The biological basis of behaviour: from neurons to neuronal networks
c) The biological basis of perception
d) Cerebral plasticity
e) Development of memory, language and face recognition
f) The frontal lobes


Module: PSICOLOGIA DELLE DISABILITÀ E DIFFICOLTÀ DELL'APPRENDIMENTO
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- Principal theories on children’s learning development
- Linguistic, cognitive, socio-emotional and motivational aspects of children’s learning development
- Principal diagnostic categories of learning difficulties and disabilities
- Prerequisites and early indicators of learning disabilities: the problem of a screening procedure
- Recent norms in diagnosis and educational programmes
- Specific linguistic impariment and dyslexia
- School and specific learning disabilities
- Supporting programme for family and teachers.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: PSICOBIOLOGIA E NEUROPSICOLOGIA
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written test


Module: PSICOLOGIA DELLE DISABILITÀ E DIFFICOLTÀ DELL'APPRENDIMENTO
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Written examination

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Vicari, S., & Caselli, M.C. I disturbi dello sviluppo Il Mulino 2002 o in alternativa Cornoldi, C. (2007). Difficoltà e disturbi dell'apprendimento. Bologna: il Mulino.
Caselli, M.C., & Capirci, O. (a cura di) Indici di rischio nel primo sviluppo del linguaggio 2002