Analysis of cognitive processes (2019/2020)

Course code
4S007361
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. 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

1) Know and understand theories related to the mechanisms of psychological functioning of people at work and in organizations, including their motivations, satisfaction and well-being.
2) Apply the theories on the functioning of individuals, groups and organizations to the analysis of phenomena of learning and personal and social change

Syllabus

INGLESE
INTRODUCTORY ARGUMENTS
- The philosophy of perception
- Innatism and empiricism
- The Psychophysics
- The biology of perception

THE FIRST STAGES OF VISION
- Hints on the physics of light
- The eye
- Information processing in the retina
- Light / dark adaptation

SPATIAL VISION
- Visual acuity
- Retinal ganglion cells and stripes
- The lateral geniculate nucleus
- The striped bark
- Receptive fields
- Columns and hyper-columns
- Selective adaptation

PERCEIVING AND RECOGNIZING OBJECTS
- Perception of contours
- Grouping and weaving
- Figure and background

THE PERCEPTION OF COLORS
- Basic principles of color perception
- The tri-color
- Opposing processes
- Colored lights, colored surfaces

SPACE PERCEPTION AND BINOCULAR VISION
- Monocular clues of three-dimensional space
- Binocular vision and stereopsis
- The combination of depth clues

MOTION PERCEPTION
- Visual movement
- Eye movements
- Use of movement information

ATTENTION AND SCENE PERCEPTION
- The selection of space
- Visual research
- Attention over time
- Physiological bases of attention
- Disorders of visual attention
- Perception and impairment of complex visual scenes

HEARING: PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOACOUSTICS
- The function of hearing
- What is a sound
- The structures of the auditory system
- Frequency and height of a sound
- Hearing loss

HEARING IN THE ENVIRONMENT
- Sound localization
- Complex sounds
- Auditory scene analysis
- The effect of continuity and restoration

MUSIC AND SPEECH PERCEPTION
- Music and perception
- Spoken language and perception

TOUCH
- The physiology of touch
- Sensations and pain
- Sensitivity and tactile acuity
- Haptic perception

OLFACTION
- The physiology of smell
- From chemicals to odors
- Psychophysics of smell
- Hedonic aspects of smell
- Smell, memory and emotions

TASTE
- Difference between tastes and flavors
- Basic tastes
- The coding of the quality of taste
- The pleasure of taste

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
J.M. Wolfe ed altri Sensazione & Percezione Zanichelli Editore 2007 978-88-08-06745-6

Assessment methods and criteria

In the "moodle section" relative to the course, from lesson to lesson, it will be possible to find the slides of the course to integrate the exam text.

NB: Following the health emergency due to Covid-19, the usual examination procedures are changed for the 2020 summer session, in accordance with the indications of the University. Specifically: "the exam will be held orally using Zoom".

The exam taken during an official call will consist of a 30-minute multiple choice question (30) (3 answers alternatives, only one of which is correct.) For the final judgment expressed in thirtieths, a correct answer has value equal to 1 point, an incorrect answer has a value equal to 0 points, an answer not given has a value equal to 0 points).