cod. 1002716

Academic year 2017/18
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Psicologia generale (M-PSI/01)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
7 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit


Learning objectives

1. Knowledge and understanding
Functioning of cognitive (perception, attention, learning) and motivational (emotion and stress) processes as base of behavior. Verbal and non-verbal communication. Emotions.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding.
Students will be able to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in dealing with psychological issues within the professional practice. Students will be able to interact with user, and health care personnel in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner.
3. Independence of judgment. Students will develop critical thinking skills and independent judgment. They will be able to pick up the signals and attitudes, assessing the compliance of users and knowing how to orient the attitudes and motivations.
4. Communication skills. Students will be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with users and members of the health care team. They will be able to obtain a medical history in a culturally competent manner, interpret non-verbal aspects of communication, monitoring cognitive and emotional processes associated with reactions to stress and pain.
5. Learning ability. Students will be able to contribute to collaborative learning environments, accepting constructive feedback from others and taking personal responsibility for making appropriate positive changes. Students will be able to organize the work of a professional team, enhancing the motivation and skills of employees and to adjourn from reliable sources.


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Course unit content

Consciousness and attention; Body representation and pain perception.
Learning: paradigms and response conditioning.
Motor imagery and plasticiy
Communication. Emotions.

Full programme

The representation of the body.
Knowledge of pain.
Cortical representation of pain
Anticipation and empathy in the perception of pain
Stress and pain modulation. Pain syndromes.
Learning. The paradigms of respondent conditioning and operant conditioning. Systematic desensitization.
Motor imagery and plasticiy effects
Non-verbal communication: facial expressions, eye contact, posture. Prosodic and paralinguistic signals.
Understanding and communication of emotions.


Notes and slides from lectures, and the following scientific paper:
Qiu-HuaYua et al. (2016). Imagery perspective among young athletes: Differentiation between external and internal visual imagery.

Teaching methods

The course takes place mainly by means of lectures that will cover the main contents, theoretical models and applied aspects of the discipline. Video tutorial may accompany the lessons. Lectures will be supported from practice for active involvement of students.

Assessment methods and criteria

A final-term test consisting in multiple choise format questions will be conducted. The outcome will permit to ascertain the attainment of all the objectives of the course. Questions regarding the contents tend to check whether the student has attained a solid foundation of knowledge and a deep understanding of what was discussed. The final evaluation will be derived from the accuracy levels achieved for each training goal corresponding to 6 classes of evaluation (A to F).

Other information

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