General Psychology II


  • Acquire the language of experimental psychology
  • Describe cognitive processes
  • Accurately describe different perspectives on the study of cognitive processes and draw comparisons between them 
  • Describe the outcomes/results of paradigmatic scientific experiments


1. Memory
1.1 The three stages of memory
1.2 Sensory memory
1.3 Short-term memory
1.4 Long-term memory
1.5 Implicit memory

2. Motivation
2.1 Motivational operations
2.2 Four-term contingency
2.3 Theories of motivation

3. Intelligence
3.1 Assessment of cognitive abilities
3.2 Contemporary theories of intelligence
3.3 Genetics and intelligence
3.4 Emotional intelligence
3.5 Generalized learning difficulties (intellectual disabilities)

4. Consciousness
4.1 Aspects of consciousness
4.2 Sleep and dreams
4.3 Meditation and hypnosis

5. Stress
5.1 Characteristics of stressful events
5.2 Psychological reactions to stress
5.3 Physiological reactions to stress
5.4 Psychological factors and stress response (cognitive, behavioral and psychoanalytic theory)§
5.5 Coping strategies
5.6 Managing stress (behavioral and cognitive techniques)

6. Hints of psychopathology
6.1 Definition of abnormality and normality
6.2 Anxiety disorders
6.3 Mood disorders
6.4 Schizophrenia

7. Symbolic Interactions and Principles of RFT
7.1 Relational Not Arbitrarily Applicable Responses
7.2 Derivative Relational Responses
7.3 Arbitrarily Applicable Relational Responses
7.4 Mutual Entailment, Combinatorial Entailment
7.5 Stimulus Function Transformation
7.6 Main Frames


The assessment will comprise both a written and an oral examination


  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S.,Fredrckson, B.L., Fostus, G. R., Wagenaar, W.A. (2017). Atkinson & Hilgard’s
  • Introduzione alla psicologia. Sedicesima edizione (ed. Piccin).
  • Moderato, P. (2019). Interazioni umane. Manuale di psicologia contestualista. Seconda edizione (ed. Franco Angeli)
  • Slide di riferimento forniti dalla docente
  • Articoli originali forniti dal docente durante le lezioni