Psychology of Personality and Individual Differences (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Roberto Burro
Roberto Burro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 1B dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

1) Know and understand the psychological theories that explain attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups.
2) Apply the theories on the functioning of individuals, groups and organizations to the analysis of phenomena of learning and personal and social change.


Introduction to the study of personality
- What is personality?
- What does personality psychology study?
- From naive theories to scientific theories of personality
- What factors determine personality?
- The fundamental questions in the study of personality
- A map for orientation: the "Four Quadrants" of personality

Investigation methods in the study of personality
- Introduction
- Sources of information in the personality study: LOTS data
- Research designs in personality psychology
- Evaluation criteria for personality measurements

The psychoanalytic perspective
- A bit of history
- Freud's psychoanalytic theory
- Applications and developments of psychoanalytic thinking

The perspective of the traits
- A bit of history
- A heterogeneous perspective
- The applications of the perspective of the traits
- Developments in the perspective of traits

The biological perspective
- A bit of history
- The relationship between mind and body and temperament
- Genes and personality
- Biological processes and personality
- The evolutionary approach to the study of personality

The environmental perspective
- The concept of environment in relation to personality
- Learning and personality processes: research on conditioning
- Cultural sources and personalities
- Geophysical variables and personalities

The cognitive-social perspective
- A bit of history
- The cognitive-social theory of Albert Bandura
- The applications of the cognitive-social perspective
- Developments in the cognitive-social perspective

The cognitive perspective
- A bit of history
- The theory of personal constructs
- The applications of perspective

The humanistic perspective
- A bit of history
- The humanistic theory of Carl Rogers
- The applications of the humanistic perspective
- Developments in the humanistic perspective

Overlaps and integrations between perspectives
- Analogies between perspectives
- Integrate perspectives
- To concludes

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Carver C.S., Scheier M.F., Giampietro M., Iannello P. Psicologia della personalità. Prospettive teoriche, strumenti e contesti applicativi. (Edizione 2) Pearson 2019 978-8-891-90558-1

Assessment methods and criteria

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 minutes 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).