Psychobiology (2013/2014)

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
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem IB dal Nov 18, 2013 al Jan 19, 2014.

Lesson timetable

Sem IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Friday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  

Learning outcomes

To provide knowledge about the biological bases of cognitive and behavioral processes and about the techniques to investigate them. The program will go through the main issues addressed in the psychobiology, such as memory, learning, attention, perception-action and language. All these cognitive functions will be presented from a physiological perspective, by describing also the neural bases.

Syllabus

Introduction to Psychobiology:
a) Evidence
b) main methodological tools and techniques

Biological basis 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 bases

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

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

Language:
a) main theories on language
b) the neural bases

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

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
N. A. Campbell e J. B. Reece BIOLOGIA Zanichelli 2004
K.A. Mason, J.B. Losos, S.R. Singer Biologia. Edizione Italiana a cura di Paolo Bonaldo. 6 volumi acquistabili separatamente Piccin 2012

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination