A basic knowledge of psychobiology and functional neuroscience constitute a prerequisite for the course.
After completing the course the student will have an updated knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations that underlie the neuroscience of human sociality. This knowledge constitutes the basis for developing psychobiological competencies suitable for understanding the different forms in which interpersonal relationships can be structured (Self-Other distinction, Shared attention, Emotional attunement, Joint commitment, etc.)
By focusing on cutting-edge research in social cognitive neuroscience and related areas, this course allows new insights into the neurobiology of social interaction and proposes how there are excellent contributions in the fields on:
- The social cognition from an interactor's point of view and its implications for neuroscience
- Neuroscience methodologies for the study of multiple agents intaraction.
- The enactive approach on dynamic components of ongoing interaction and it psychobiological implications
- The neural correlates of some form of live social interaction (e.g. joint attention and joint action, imitation and intersubjective coupling, face-to-face and mediated communication)
The course will adopt an interdisciplinary perspective among cognitive neuroscience, social cognition and enactive psychology on what can be considered the underlying processes and neural bases of interacting mind.
During the course the course groundbreaking research in social neuroscience focussing on the role of Self-other interaction for development and learning, intersubjectivity and emotional attunement, shared attention and joint commitment will be presented.
Advanced experimental studies, psychophysiological and neuroimaging methodological innovations, second person approaches linked to developmental and patient studies will be also presented in the course.
Implications for clinical psychology constitutes the integrative part of the classes.
The frontal lessons of the course will cover all the contents listed above, using, if necessary, web materials (simulations and tutorials for neuro-anatomical and functional views) and observation of clinical cases videotaped.
The entire class materials will be available to students on the University's Moodle platform.
During the lectures topics are treated, especially in their general aspects. Students must take possession of the topics addressed by using textbooks and possibly promoting opportunities for discussion and mutual cooperation.
The active participation of students in lessons is always strongly stressed in order to encourage critical reflection in the light of their experience and knowledge that are being acquired.
For attending students specific study issues will be agreed in class. Not attending students will find updates about class activities on Moodle platform.
The examination at the end of the course will take place in oral form and the evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths.
The colloquium will be structured in three to four questions relating the entire program in order to verify the acquisition by students of the concepts given within the teaching.
For attendant students and ongoing evaluation can be provided. It constitutes the basis for discussion during the oral exam and will constitute the connection with the issues covered by the rest of the program.
If the teaching is taught in a mixed mode or remotely, changes can be made compared to what is stated in the syllabus to make the course and exams usable also in these ways.