[SU57]  General Psychology

Semester I
wednesday 14:30 - 16:15

Course Information

Professor: CINQUE, Paolo
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester I
wednesday 14:30 - 16:15


The course intends to give the student: the basic elements for a first understanding of this complex area of the social sciences; a basic glossary of the most common terms used with a specific psychological meaning; the possibility to polish the personal sensibility toward human relationship. Contents of the classes: booklets and slides concerning: 1.A firts approach to General Psychology: Preliminary definitions and Areas of research (two classes); 2. The Body-Mind as complex unity: an overview on the structures of the Encephalon (two-three classes): The spinal and arcaic encephalon; The paleo-encephalon (limbic system); The neo-encephalon (cerebral cortex). 3. Upper functions of mind and their development (six-seven classes): Pe. reception; Memory; Intelligence-Thought-Cognition; Language; Emotion-Relationship. A list of the basic glossary employed in the classes will be added.


The student will choose almost one among the following basic textes: I. RAMACHANDRAN, The tell-tale Brain: un docking the mistery of human nature, Windmil, London; H. GARDNER, Multiple Intelligence, Basic Books, New York; D. GOLEMAN, Emotional Intelligence: Why it ca matter more than the IQ, Bendam Books, London; K. OATLEY, Emotions. A brief History, Blackwell, Oxford.
The student can add supplementary readings according to her/his personal interests, choosing from the following textes (these books will not substitute the basic choice): O. SACKS, The man who mistook his wife for a hat, Penguin Books, London; S. FREUD, Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Penguin Books, London; M. HUNT, The Story of Psychology, Anchor Books, New York (selected chapters).