Psychobiology (2015/2016)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S00766
Name of lecturer
Mirta Fiorio
Coordinator
Mirta Fiorio
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-PSI/02 - PSYCHOBIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. IA dal Sep 28, 2015 al Nov 8, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Thursday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  

Learning outcomes

To provide knowledge about the biological bases of cognitive and behavioral processes.

Syllabus

The program will touch the main issues addressed in Psychobiology, such as memory, learning, attention, perception, action, language. All of these cognitive functions will be dealt with a physiological point of view, by describing also the neural bases.

Introduction to Psychobiology:
a) Background
b) the principal methodological tools and techniques

Biological bases of behavior:
a) neurons and synapses
b) neuronal circuits
c) long-term potentiation

The cycle "perception-action"
a) from sensory stimuli to motor outputs
b) movements and actions
c) the neural basis

Attention:
a) endogenous and exogenous attention
b) experimental paradigms
c) the neural basis

Memory:
a) types of memory: short-term and long-term
b) experimental paradigms
c) the neural basis

The language:
a) the main theories on language
b) the neural basis

Learning:
a) theories of conditioning
b) experimental paradigms
c) neural mechanisms

The brain plasticity:
a) virtuous and harmful plasticity
b) functional reorganization
c) inter-hemispheric inhibition
d) neuromodulation

Emotions:
a) centra and peripheral theories
b) components of the emotions
c) biological bases

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gazzaniga, Ivry, Mangun Neuroscienze Cognitive (Edizione 2) Zanichelli 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with multiple choice.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016