cod. 1002716

Academic year 2019/20
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
Students will be able to known: functioning of cognitive (perception, attention, learning) and motivational
(emotion and stress) processes as base of behavior. Verbal and nonverbal
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 evaluate 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 appropriate 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.



Course unit content

Consciousness and attention; Body representation and pain perception. The role of mirror system.
Learning: paradigms and response conditioning.
Motor imagery and plasticiy.
The imagery intervention in sport performances and flow states
Communication. Emotions. L'empatia.
Life style modification.
Physical activity and wellbeing.

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.
Learning. The paradigms of respondent and operant
conditioning. Systematic desensitization.
Visual, motor and kinesthetic imagery and plasticiy effects.
The imagery intervention in sport performances and flow states.
Non-verbal communication: facial expressions, eye contact, posture.
Prosodic and paralinguistic signals.
Understanding and communication of emotions.
Life style modification.
Physical activity and wellbeing.


Notes and slides from lectures, and the following book:
Olimpia Pino (2019). Immaginazione, stili di vita e attività motoria.
Universitas Editore, Parma

Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods and criteria

A mid-term and a final test (composed by 26 multiple choice questions and one in a open format) will be conducted in order to assess the achievement of learning objectives. Questions regarding the contents tend to evaluate whether the students has attained a solid foundation of knowledge and a deep understanding of contents of teaching. 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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