ANALYSIS AND TOOLS FOR THE STUDY OF COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S000611
Name of lecturer
Roberto Burro
Coordinator
Roberto Burro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. IIA dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Traditionally, the study of sensory functions coincides with the analysis (each one taken individually), visual, acoustic, tactile, olfactory, etc. The aim of this course is to propose a different and more modern perspective, ie the multisensory perspective, in which the traditional concept of "sensorial modality" is questioned, replacing it with an approach in which sensory processes are considered interconnected active systems and not passive functions independent of each other.

Syllabus

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INTRODUCTION
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How many are the senses?
From modularity of the senses to a multisensory perspective
From the senses to the perceptive systems
Methods for the study of multisensory perception

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THE BODY AS A MULTISENSORY OBJECT
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The perception of the body
Not just somatosensory afferents
Beyond somatosensory afferents: feel the body in a fake limb
The moteplical representations of the body
"My" body: the perception of ownership
The body in its entirety and the sense of self
Shared body experiences and social cognition

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PATHOLOGIES OF THE CORPOREA REPRESENTATION
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The somatoparafrenie
The phantom limb
The supernumerary phantom limb
Autoscopic phenomena

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MOVING THE BODY
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The sensorimotor transformations
Move your hand
Reach and grab
Walk and keep balanced
Posture and movement in deafferent patients
Who is moving my body?

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MULTISENSORY INTERACTION IN THE PERCEPTION OF OBJECTS
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Perceptual organization
Multisensory processes in the perceptual organization
Merging multisensory signals
The Bayesian approach
The weights of the senses
The limits of the Bayesian model

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CROSSMODAL RECOGNITION
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Theories of recognition
The question of Molyneux
Sensory substitution
Recognition and exploratory activity

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THE MULTISENSORY PERCEPTION OF FOODS
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Edible objects
Interactions between olfactory and gustatory signals
The role of visual signals
The role of auditory signals

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THE SYNESTHESIA
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A curious phenomenon
A terminological clarification
Multisensory perception or suggestion?
Synesthesia and neural bases of multisensoriality

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SPACE, SPECIFICATION AND MULTISENSORIALITY
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The perception of space
The Berkeley model
Optical trim and overall trim

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BODY SPACE AND PERIPHERAL SPACE
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Body space
Peripersonal space
The neural bases of peripersonal space
The plasticity of the peripersonal space
Peripersonal space as an anticipatory interface

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THE EXTRAPERSONAL SPACE
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Space away from the body and multi-sensory
The peculiarities of the acoustic space
Learn from the ventriloquist
The neural maps of extra-personal space
Extra-personal space in the span of life

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MULTISENSORY SPACE ATTENTION
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Selective attention and multisensory
Orient the attention in the multisensory space
Use the mobile phone while driving
Interact with a multimodal interface

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TIME: SIMULTANEITY AND SUCCESSION
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Physical time, psychological time and multisensory
Measure simultaneity and succession
The "priority entry" phenomenon
The relative position
The problem of distance from the source

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TEMPORAL MULTISENSORIAL INTEGRATION
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The temporal window of multisensory integration
The width of the time window
The flexibility of the time window
Time integration and language window

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DURATION AND RHYTHM
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Multisensory interactions in the perception of duration
Rhythm, multisensory and movement

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A VISION OF TOGETHER
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Considerations on multisensoriality
Multisensory perception is the norm, not the exception
Multisensory interactions at the first processing levels
Unisensory perception and multisensory perception coexist
State of the art on multisensoriality

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Nicola Bruno, Francesco Pavani, Massimiliano Zampini La percezione multisensoriale (Edizione 1) il Mulino 2010 88-15-13852-1

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be in writing. 30 questions closed with 3 alternative answers of which only correct.
The answers will be evaluated as follows:
- correct answer: 1 point
- wrong answer: -0.5 points
- answer not given: 0 points

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018