Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students should acquire the knowledge of basic concepts and methods of scientific psychology, the knowledge of the functional mechanisms of main psychological processes underlying human behaviour and their neural bases.
Moreover students should acquire the capacity to apply the knowledge in specific sports contexts. They should acquire the capacity of deepening and updating the arguments.
Course contents summary
The body-brain relationship. Scientific methods to study cognition and behavior. From sensation to perception. Space and movement perception. Selective and spatial attention. Learning and memory. Emotion and motivation.
Cortical organization of motor activity. Role of movement in perception and cognition. Motor cognition and its disorders. Relationship between motor system, autonomic nervous system, emotions and their regulation. The identification and regulation of motivation. Sport and play. Self-efficacy training and the relationship with sports performance. The decision making. How to train it. Interpersonal and group dynamics.
D. Schacter, D. Gilbert, M. Nock, D. Wegner, Psicologia Generale, Zanichelli, 2018.
L. Anolli, P. Legrenzi, Psicologia Generale, Il Mulino, 2012.
Material supplied by the teachers.
Assessment methods and criteria
A written exam will be used to determine if students have met the goals of this course. The knowledge of the general principles of the mental functions will be tested. The capacity of students to make connections among these principles and sports behaviour will be tested as well.
Attending class is highly recommended