cod. 1005498

Academic year 2021/22
2° year of course - First semester
- Nicola BRUNO - Vera FERRARI
Academic discipline
Psicologia generale (M-PSI/01)
Psicologia generale e fisiologica
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Achieve a satisfactory knowledge of the main theoretical models of cognition. Develop the ability to analyze the literature critically, when appropriate also applying the learned principles to applied problems, and to communicate results both orally and in writing.


It is recommended that students take Perception and Psychophysics prior to attending this course.

Course unit content

Main theoretical models of cognitive processes, with an an emphasis on the interaction between mind, body, and social environment.

Full programme

Survey of cognitive processes: history, methods, and problems. The approach of cognitive psychology. Embodied and grounded cognition. Social cognition. Attention, perception and motor system. Memory, representation,and knowledge.


Bruno & Pavani (2018). Perception: a multisensory perspective. Oxford. (chapters 4 and 9).

Collection of original articles on Attention, Memory, and Reasoning (in preparation).

Teaching methods

In-class lectures, compliant with safety standards. Supporting materials will be made available online and will include slide and audio-video materials.

Assessment methods and criteria

For students that attend the lectures: written exam (open questions) at the end of the course. For all others: oral exam on the texts in their entirety.

Other information

Starting with the current academic year, the course will be taught jointly with prof. Vera Ferrari.