DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES

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Code
56040
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
8 credits during the 1st year of 8753 Psychology (LM-51) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-PSI/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Psychology)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

In this course it will be discussed issues concerning the psychological development, with particular reference to temperament and self-regulation.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to study issues relating to the psychological development of individual differences, with particular reference to selfregulation, understood as the set of processes designed to regulate the behavior, the emotions and the cognitive activities.

TEACHING METHODS

The course will take place through lectures and opportunities for discussion, supplemented by individual exercise as follows: administration of questionnaire, analysis and summary of the responses (scoring),  brief discussion about results. The results about the different individual profiles will be also discussed in class.
At the end of the course there is an additional written exercise  modulated on the basis of the exam questions assigned in the state certification exam for Psychologist. The exercise will focus on the topics presented in the course, but the students should also integrate these with the knowledges previously achieved.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Different theoretical approaches that explain temperament and self-regulation will be introduced. A selection of contributions aimed at illustrating specific aspects related to the emotional and social development will be presented. During the course will be presented some questionnaires for the assessment of temperament. Students have to complete an exercise that will lead to discuss different temperamental profiles .

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

R.F. Baumeister, K.D. Vohs, Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications (Paperback), Guilford Publications, 2007 (capp. da 1 a 4, da 13 a 18, più uno a scelta tra 19, 20, 21 o 22),
G. Axia, QUIT, Trento, Erickson, 2002.
O. Albanese, P. Molina, Lo sviluppo della comprensione delle emozioni e la sua valutazione, Milano, Unicopli, 2008.
M. Iacoboni (2009). Imitation, Empathy, and Mirror Neurons. Annu. Rev. Psychol., 60, 653–70.
M. Iacoboni, M. Dapretto (2006). The mirror neuron system and the consequences of its dysfunction. Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 7:942–51
M.D. Lewis, R.M. Todd (2007). The self-regulating brain: Cortical-subcortical feedback and the development of intelligent action. Cognitive Development, 22, 406–430

A book chosen among the following:
J. Bowlby, Costruzione e rottura dei legami affettivi, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 1982.
J. Dunn, L’amicizia tra bambini, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2006.
S. Lecce, E. Cavallini, A. Pagnin, La teoria della mente nell’arco di vita, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2010.
R. Plomin, Natura ed esperienza, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 1998.
V. Reddy, Cosa passa per la testa di un bambino, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2010.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: On wednesday 11-13,  room 4A1.

Exam Board

MARIA CARMEN USAI (President)

MIRELLA ZANOBINI (President)

PAOLA VITERBORI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The course will take place through lectures and opportunities for discussion, supplemented by individual exercise as follows: administration of questionnaire, analysis and summary of the responses (scoring),  brief discussion about results. The results about the different individual profiles will be also discussed in class.
At the end of the course there is an additional written exercise  modulated on the basis of the exam questions assigned in the state certification exam for Psychologist. The exercise will focus on the topics presented in the course, but the students should also integrate these with the knowledges previously achieved.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral examination. Before taking the exam, students will have to prepare a critical summary of a scientific article in English language about the course contents. The article must be found independently and must be previously submitted to the teacher. The essay must be loaded in Aulaweb 15 days before the exam.

ASSESSMENT METHODS


The oral examination allows to assess the theoretical knowledges acquired and the ability to read the individual profiles from the questionnaire on temperament compiled by parents, other familiars or teachers. The essay allows to assess the understanding of a scientific paper.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
11/01/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
11/01/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
25/01/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
25/01/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
08/02/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
08/02/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
24/05/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
24/05/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
07/06/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
07/06/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
21/06/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
21/06/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
12/07/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
12/07/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
06/09/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
06/09/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
20/09/2018 14:45 GENOVA Registrazione Prof.ssa ZANOBINI
20/09/2018 14:45 GENOVA Scritto Prof.ssa ZANOBINI