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Master Course in Cognitive Neurosciences and Psychological Rehabilitation

Faculty of Medicine and Psychology

Department of Psychology

 

Masters Programme in “Cognitive Neurosciences and Psychological Rehabilitation”

The Masters Programme in Cognitive Neurosciences and Psychological Rehabilitation aims to train psychologists with a Bachelors Degree with neuropsychological compentences to identify specific cognitive deficits, evaluate the impact on the emotional state and quality of patient’s life and to adopt appropriate rehabilitative interventions. The course trains students to carry out research in neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, psychobiology and physiological psychology, offering high level teaching, large space to practical supervised activity in didactic and professional labs and the possibility to carry out an experimental thesis at the research labs of the Department of Psychology of Rome as well as in institutions in Rome collaborating with the Dept.: IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Institute of Sciences and Technologies of Cognition of the CNR, Insitute of Cellular Biology and Neurobiology).

The Masters Programme features six common, compulsory courses for all students and three groups of corses (curricula A, B, and C) that offer a high level of specific preparation.

The Masters Programme offers 45 CFU (5 modules: curriculum C) in English for both Italian and foreign students.

 

CURRICULUM C (ENGLISH MODULES)

Dr. Marialuisa Martelli

Offers competences for the evaluation of cognitive abilities during development and the early individuation of cognitive disturbances due to alterations of neurodevelopment identifying the rehabilitative actions based on current up-to-date knowledge.  The curriculum presents an intervention perspective also open to collaborations on issues relevant for developing countries.  It aims to develop advanced theoretical and applied know-how on research methods in Neuropsychology, Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology.

Semester

Couse title

Language

Instructor

CFU

2

Cognitive Neuroimaging

English

Galati

6+3L

2

Developmental Psychobiology

English

Cabib

6+3L

1

Advanced Perception and Cognition

English

Martelli/

Zoccolotti

6+3L

1

Learning Disabilities

English

Zoccolotti

6+3L

1

Psychobiology of Atypical Development

English

Pascucci/

Puglisi Allegra

6+3L

 

 

 

Courses

 

Cognitive Neuroimaging

Prof. Gaspare Galati

The course provides an overview of the application of brain imaging methods to study human cognitive and sensorimotor processes and to identify neural architectures underlying normal and abnormal cognitive functioning.

Students will be provided a solid background on the main techniques used to image the human brain in vivo, and of their application in the cognitive neuro-scientific field; a critical view of the validity and the limits of knowledge on the human mind derived by the application of such methods; and a series of conceptual tools to personally and critically evaluate results obtained by research in the field of cognitive neuroimaging.

 

Psychobiology of Addictions

Dr. Orsini Cristina, Prof. Simona Cabib

The course addresses the study of the motivational processes and their involvement in clinic aspects of addictive behaviour from a psychobiological prospective (animal models of Psychopathology). Particular relevance will be assigned to the learning processes involved in developing and maintaining addictive behaviours, as also to the methodological aspects involved in the psychobiological research.

Main aspects: knowledge of the main psychobiological theories of addiction; ability to evaluate theoretical and methodological aspects of the investigations in that field; critical abilities to evaluate therapeutic approaches to addictive behaviour.

 

Advanced Perception and Cognition

Dr. Marialuisa Martelli, Prof. Pierluigi Zoccolotti

The course covers methodological and theoretical issues on perceptual and cognitive functioning, learning and development from infancy into adolescence and adulthood. The interpretability of behavioural measures and their limits, and the nature of the probabilistic behaviour of decision-making are discussed. The main psychophysical paradigms, Signal Detection Theory together with the derived implication for threshold models, and the main cognitive models of the mind are presented.

The course expands on the nature of the information processing stages in perception and cognition. Practical and theoretical competences in psychophysics and cognitive science are provided, as well as knowledge of the main computational models of the mind. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse current models of integration processing. These concepts and tools are presented in the context of understanding and assessing both adults and developing cognitive abilities (from birth to adulthood).

Students will be prepared in understanding the implications and applicability of the major models of information processing. They will be able to thoroughly compare different approaches on the basis of the psychophysical evidences in signal detection and recognition theory. Students will acquire practical skills pertaining the application of Signal Detection Theory; read graphs and understand their consistency with the conclusions; design protocols for perceptual and cognitive assessment; formulate prediction and select the best model to account for decision data.

 

Learning Disabilities

Prof. Pierluigi Zoccolotti

Learning disabilities are characterized by inadequate development of specific academic, language, and speech skills. They include reading disability (dyslexia), mathematics disability (dyscalculia) and writing disability (dysgraphia).  The course provides an understanding of these different disorders with reference to:

- Main cognitive models of the disturbances;

- Applicability of models developed for the English language to the description of the disturbances in Italian (Anglo-centrism)

- Main diagnostic instruments for the analysis of the dyslexic and dysgraphic disturbances in Italian;

- Case examples;

- Rehabilitative experiences.

The course aims to provide basic information on the nature of the learning disturbances of written language (dyslexia and dysgraphia).  Furthermore, it aims to provide basic competence on the use of diagnostic instruments and rehabilitative techniques on these disturbances.  The course will focus on the analysis of the learning disturbances of written languages in Italian. The main models will be illustrated.  Studies on English-speaking children will be presented as well as recent studies that compare languages with different degree of orthographic complexity. 

The student will acquire basic knowledge on the characteristics of learning disturbances of written language (dyslexia and dysgraphia).  In particular, the student will acquire information of the differentiation between disturbances in irregular (such as English) and regular (such Italian) orthographies

 

Psychobiology of Atypical Development

Dr. Tiziana Pascucci, Prof. Stefano Puglisi-Allegra

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying atypical neurodevelopment (e.g., genetic and metabolic diseases, autism spectrum disorders), focused on early detection of developmental delay in childhood and adolescence.

The course is designed to provide the students with a more advanced understanding of the psychobiological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders, and to provide them with the theoretical and practical skills related to early diagnosis and intervention.

At the end of the course, students will acquire knowledge about the major theoretical models shared by the international Community about the psychobiological bases of developmental disorders.

The course will also offer practical experiences with several tools internationally used for the early diagnosis and intervention. Students will be eventually prepared to enter into international teams for advanced research in the field of atypical development.

 

Cognitive Neurosciences and Psychological Rehabilitation

Full Masters Programme

 

 

 

Year One

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester

Course

 

Language

 

Teacher

Credits

Com

1

Cognitive Development

Italian

 

Longobardi

6

Com

1

Neurobiology

Italian

Fiorenza

6

Com

1

Developmental Neuropsychiatry

Italian

Guidetti

6

Com

1

Neuropsychology

Italian

Doricchi

9

Com

1

Psychobiology of Behaviour Disturbances

Italian

Puglisi-Allegra

9

Com

2

Psychodiagnostics

Italian

Couyoumdijan

6

A

2

Experimental Design and Psychometric Statistics in Cognitive Psychology

 

Italian

Pasquali/

Spitoni

5+4L

A

2

Psychophisiology

(advanced course)

Italian

Petrosini

9

B

2

Psychobiology of Development in the Life Span

Italian

Conversi/

Ventura

6+3L

B

2

Personality and Individual Differences

Italian

De Pascalis

6+3L

Year Two

 

 

 

 

 

percorso

Sem

Course

 

Teacher

CFU

A

1

Methods in Cognitive Meurosciences

Italian

Casagrande/

Doricchi

6+3L

A

1

Psychology of Emotions

Italian

Pecchinenda

6+3L

A

1

Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation

Italian

Nico/

Leggio

6+3L

B

1

Clinical Colloquium and Psychological Counseling

Italian

Ferracuti

6+3L

B

1

Cognitive Deficits in Behavour Disturbances

Italian

Guariglia

6+3L

B

1

Psychobiology of Addictions

 

Italian

Orsini/

Cabib

6+3L

C

2

Cognitive Neuroimaging

English

Galati

6+3L

C

2

Developmental Psychobiology

English

Cabib

6+3L

C

1

Advanced Perception and Cognition

English

Martelli/

Zoccolotti

6+3L

C

1

Learning Disabilities

English

Zoccolotti

6+3L

C

1

Psychobiology of Atypical Development

English

Pascucci/

Puglisi Allegra

6+3L

 

 

Notes: “Com” identifies courses that are common to the three curricula. Additional information can be found in the course website (http://dippsi.psi.uniroma1.it/didattica/nuove-lauree-magistrali/cdlm-neuroscienze-cognitive-e-riabilitazione-psicologica)

 

 

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