The course aims to provide students with basic Psychology knowledge as an experimental science. This knowledge can be used and further developed in order to increase understanding of cognitive processes like learning, memory, perception, attention, reasoning, motivation, emotion, communication. The study of cognitive processes will be presented within the general framework of Cognitive Sciences. In this way students will have the opportunity to understand these processes, by comparing and integrating them within a broader framework of methodologies, theories and models historically and currently used in Psychology research.
Starting with an introductory analysis of the historical path that led Psychology to become an experimental science, the course will then focus on the main themes involved in cognitive processes. A special focus will be given from the beginning to the epistemological and methodological differences characterizing Psychology as an experimental science as compared to other humanistic disciplines. The study of classic Psychology themes which contribute to the complex human cognitive structure, such as perception, psychophysics, conciousness, attention, memory, reasoning, learning, motivation, emotions, communications will be treated.
CARLSON, N.R (2007). PSICOLOGIA LA SCIENZA DEL COMPORTAMENTO. PICCIN EDITORE, PADOVA.
Multiple choice exam.
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