Cognitive psychology

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course falls among the basic teachings common to the degree programme. It aims to provide students with knowledge concerning the mental functioning, and the methods for studying the mind proper of cognitive psychology, cognitive sciences, neuropsychology and neuroimaging. More in detail, it will deal with main cognitive abilities such as attention, perception, memory and learning, language, reasoning, emotions.
Learning objectives are:
- provide the basic knowledge about functions and processes of mental activities;
- provide conceptual tools to reason about the theoretical models of cognitive functioning.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student:
- will have acquired knowledge about the main cognitive functions;
- will have developed the ability to reason about the theoretical models of different cognitive functions, and their implications with respect to the basic assumptions about the nature of mental representations;
- will have acquired the ability to interpret experimental data as a function of the theoretical reference framework.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Didactic Activity will be offered by Microsoft Teams. All classes can be followed both synchronously based (based on the second semester schedule) and asynchronously because all Lecture will be recorded and let available to students on the same platform.
In any case, the synchronous mode is preferable and strongly recommended as it allows the active participation of students through the formulation of questions and the discussion of the topics covered.
If National Regulation and University of Milan regulations, concerning social distancing, allow it, 50% of the Lessons will be held in person and simultaneously transmitted online.
Participation in face-to-face lessons will be voluntary and strongly recommended.
Course syllabus
- history of cognitive psychology, from its birth to computationalism, to embodiment
- theories of attention
- perception: top-down and bottom-up approaches
- learning and memory
- language comprehension and production
- pragmatics of communication
- problem-solving
- reasonin
- emotions
- consciousness
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required.
Teaching methods
The course is divided into a series of lectures with slide shows in Power Point. The lectures slides are uploaded to the Ariel website.
Teaching Resources
1. Pravettoni G.(a cura di) "Psicologia Cognitiva -
dalla teoria alla pratica". Mondadori, 2017. Capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11.
2. Eysenk M.W., Keane M.T. (a cura di) "Psicologia Cognitiva" Idelson Gnocchi, 2012 (quarta edizione). Capitoli 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assessment of learning takes place through a written final test, composed of both open-ended and multiple-choice questions. Open-ended questions allow to verify the understanding and knowledge of specific areas of the discipline, and the ability to reason upon the learned models (autonomy of judgment); furhermore, they allow to verify the correct learning and use of the specific terminology (communication skills). Multiple-choice questions instead allow to verify learning of specific theoretical models in a more fine-grained way.
The booking on the UNIMIA portal, within the dates established for each appeal, is mandatory for the examination.
M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Cutica Ilaria
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