M-PSI/01 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The course aims at providing the conceptual and method notions that are constitutive of the psychological sciences and cognitive neurosciences, with particular attention to the most recent scientific research. Particular attention will be given to sensory, perceptual, cognitive, emotional and motivational processes. At the end of the course, the student will be able to understand the main research debates on the mind and brain and to reason in critical terms about the results of the research and the theories proposed for their interpretation.

Course Structure

Teaching and laboratory activities on neural networks and artificial intelligence.

Detailed Course Content

The origins of psychology,

Structuralism and functionalism,

Reflexology and the historical-cultural school,

Gestalt psychology,


Freud and psychoanalysis,

Piaget and the Geneva school,

The cognitivist movement,

The psychology between cognitive science and biology,

The second decade of the century and the computer-network system,

Psychological and biological foundations,

Sensation, perception and attention,

Learning and memory,

Language and communication,

Thought and intelligence,

Emotions and motivations.

Textbook Information

- Storia della psicologia - VI Edizione, a cura di P. Legrenzi, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2018, p. 210.

- Psicologia generale. M.W. Eysenck, Napoli: Idelson-Gnocchi, 2006, p. 430.


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