Psicologia generale II


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

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


3.1. Assessment of cognitive abilities
3.2. Current theories of intelligence
3.3. Genetics and intelligence
3.4. Emotional intelligence
3.5. General learning difficulties (intellectual disabilities)


4.1. Personality assessment
4.2. Main theoretical approaches
4.3. Personality genetics


5.1. Aspects of consciousness
5.2. Sleep and dreams
5.3. Meditation and hypnosis


6.1. Characteristics of stressful events
6.2. Psychological reactions to stress
6.3. Physiological reactions to stress
6.4. Psychological factors and response to stress (cognitive, behavioural and psychoanalytical theory)
6.5. Coping strategies
6.6. Stress management (behavioural and cognitive techniques)

7.References to psychopathology

7.1. Definition of abnormality
7.2. Anxiety disorders
7.3. Mood disorders
7.4. Schizophrenia
7.5. Personality disorders

8.Symbolic interactions and principles of RFT

8.1. Non-arbitrarily applicable relational responses
8.2. Derived relational responses
8.3. Arbitrarily applicable relational responses
8.4. Mutual Entailment, Combinatorial Entailment
8.5 Transformation of the stimulus function
8.6. Main frameworks

Course Aims

  • Teach students the language of experimental psychology
  • Describe cognitive processes
  • Describe the different study perspectives on cognitive processes and compare them with each other
  • Describe the results of paradigmatic scientific experiments


Assessment will take the form of an oral examination

Reading list

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)

Slides handed out by the lecturer

Original articles handed out by the lecturer at lectures