The following topics are included in the course: the historical development of Cognitive Psychology; theories on the neural bases of cognitive processes (with particular reference to categorization processes); research models and investigative techniques; and tools to evaluate cognitive processes; dissociation between explicit and implicit processes.
M. Gazzaniga. Neuroscienze Cognitive (2009). Zanichelli.
Scientific articles provided at the end of the course
The course objectives are to provide a) knowledge about contemporary research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and b) general knowledge about the relationship between cognitive processes and the environment in which they occur.
lectures with the use of power point
Type of Assessment
written and oral exam
1) History of cognitive psychology: serial and parallel model, cognitive processes (memory, attention, perception). 2) development of cognitive neuroscience. 3) bottom-up and top-down processing; interplay between sensory and cognitive variables; object recognition. 4) cognitive processes different approach; behavioural method (reaction time, accuracy) and electrophysiological method (event-related potentials, transcranic magnetic stimulation). 5) the organization of knowledge in living and non living things. 6) implicit and explicit processes; conscousness.