cod. 1011725

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Psicologia sociale (M-PSI/05)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
18 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: MANAGING EMOTION IN THE AID PROCESS

Learning objectives

The objective of the teaching is the development of advanced and updated knowledge of neuroscience; understanding the neural correlates of behavior and cognitive, affective and relational functions.
At the end of the course the students must
• develop awareness of the effects of empathy, management of emotions and relationships;
• learn techniques and tools, apply knowledge to the profession, in taking charge and managing the aid process;
• knowing how to control dysfunctional emotional responses in the management of adverse situations.
• support application skills and experiences aimed at being able to evaluate cognitive, emotional and behavioral factors in types of events relating to individuals, groups and communities.


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Course unit content

The course is aimed at deepening the neural mechanisms and brain circuits that regulate emotional, cognitive and relational function.
The organizational principles underlying cognitive architecture and the phylogenetic and ontogenetic assumptions of their nervous realization will be presented. Ample space will be given to classical studies and to the most recent discoveries of the neurosciences of emotions.
The study of the neurobiological and neuro-scientific bases of emotions is included in the theoretical context of recent studies with particular reference to specific areas such as: Interpersonal Neurobiology; the Mutual Regulation Model; the Theory of Affect Regulation, The Neurobiology of Attachment; the Polyvagal Theory; Mentalization, Empathy, Mirror Neurons, Emotional Attunement; Trauma and Psychopathology.

Full programme

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M. Balconi, Neuroscienze delle Emozioni. Alla scoperta del cervello emotivo nell’era digitale. Franco Angeli, 2020. (Dal cap.1 al cap. 4)
• S. Masci, Counselling affettivo relazionale. Il counselling alla luce delle neuroscienze: dall'empatia alla mentalizzazione. (Capitoli "il cervello nell'evoluzione umana; le emozioni; le emozioni e gli affetti; mentalizzare le emozioni; intersoggettività; la teoria dell'attaccamento")
• Slides provided by the teacher

Teaching methods


The slides used to support the lessons will be uploaded on a monthly basis to the Elly platform. To download the slides, you need to register for the online course. The slides are considered an integral part of the teaching material. Non-attending students are reminded to check the available teaching material and the information provided by the teacher via the Elly platform

Assessment methods and criteria


In evaluating the exam, the determination of the final grade will take into account the following elements:
• The ability to create critical links;
• The quality of the organization of the speech and presentation;
• The use of specialized vocabulary;
• The relevance of the answer.

Other information


Please contact the teacher by e-mail to fix up a meeting.