Fundamentals of psychology

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the basic notions of general psychology, introduce the neurocognitive approach to the study of the mind, as well as their applications in specific areas, with an interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience, social sciences and philosophical research, also for valid for training and updating teaching activities
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:

- To know the fundamental elements of psychological concepts and their historical evolution;
- To develop knowledge and skills about research methodologies in psychology and how to use them in the field of cognitive studies;
- To understand how the study of human mind evolved from an interdisciplinary point of view and develop critical awareness about the use of the concepts and methods of psychology for the understanding of human deeds and the relative ability to produce artifacts, texts and social networks.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:

- To use the knowledge of psychology to the treatment of scientific and philosophical problems;
- To interpret the theoretical models and the empirical studies in the psychological field, putting them in relationship with their contexts;
- To deal with concepts of different interdisciplinary nature;
- To exploit the cognitive psychology and the research methods to support the processes of learning, teaching, understanding of texts, and the cognitive and emotional processes underlying social dynamics.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Teaching unit A
Introduction to cognitive psychology, to the study of cognitive and emotional processes and to the methodology of experimental psychology.
Within a general historical framework about the evolution of cognitive psychology, the main basic cognitive processes will be introduced. In particular, we will explore the themes of memory, attention, and perception, as well as the study of emotional correlatives and human experience, also in a neuropsychological perspective. The concept of mind and its study will be studied in depth both from a theoretical and an applicative perspective. The methodology of psychological research will be introduced through a bottom-up approach.

Teaching unit B
The topics related to the development of intelligent behavior, problem-solving and reasoning processes will be studied in depth. Particular emphasis will be given to the study of the characteristics of human rationality, to its limits and to its potential, also by addressing thematic aspects, such as consumption decision, marketing. The neuro-cognitive approach will be applied to decision-making processes. Emphasis will then be placed on the narrative nature of human thought, on the processes of learning and teaching, with particular attention to the cognitive contents of the school setting. Finally, the main psychological themes applicable to the school context and teaching will be introduced, with particular attention to learning disorders, the management of class dynamics and creativity.
Prerequisites for admission
The course will start with the definition of basic methods and concepts.
Teaching methods
Frontal teaching
Teaching Resources
Psicologia Generale II edizione di Gerrig, Zimbardo, Anolli Baldi. Ed Pearson (capp. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 19) or Psychology: Core Concepts with DSM-5 Update (7th Edition) by P. Zimabrdo et al.
Un libro a scelta tra "L'enigma della mente. Romanzo giallo e psicologia (2017) di Lucchiari e Cadei, ed. La Scuola" e "Lucchiari, C. (a cura di), Psicologia a scuola. Un percorso pratico-teorico. (2018)".
Assessment methods and Criteria
The test will include multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions for each book included in the study program. The same examination procedure will be used for attending and non-attending students.
M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Lucchiari Claudio
thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Skype or Teams