Second cycle degree in

Applied cognitive psychology

Class: LM-51 - Psychology

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Class LM-51 - Psychology
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator ANGELICA MOE'
Access Restricted
Reference structures Department of general psychology, School of psychology

The course explores the aspects of "cold cognition" such as memory, attention, and language, with the integration of "hot cognition" which is the relationship between cognitive processes such as emotions, motivation, decision making, communication and how they apply to situations of everyday life. Students will learn how to reflection on the ways in which knowledge of cognitive psychology supports the development of assessment tools, intervention, and cognitive enhancement throughout life. The application of cognitive psychology is addressed by analysing the cognitive mechanisms involved in non-psychological professional fields. Students can work in areas such as ergonomics, learning psychology, as well as health and aging where cognitive psychology is central and in other areas where its contribution is documented such as law (with forensic psychology), economics (with decision psychology), and the study of the environment (with environmental psychology).

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Characteristics and objectives
The Master degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology consists in two different, and at the same time complementary, paths.
The first path focuses on the cognitive and emotional-motivational factors that improve the well-being of the person over the lifespan. In terms of applications, this allows for example to acquire knowledge for the design and use of tools for assessment, intervention and cognitive and emotional enhancement throughout life, that is, from childhood to advanced adulthood. The analysis of the cognitive processes involved in the promotion of individual well-being, therefore of the quality of life, also allows the application in various contexts that are not exclusively psychological (e.g. economic, legal, sport). This is the case of the forensic field and in decision making (for example in economics) where the themes of cognitive psychology find application, or of the arts, in particular music and the use of music (and musical training) and sports as modulators of cognitive performance.
The second path focuses on the factors that favour an effective interaction between the person and the environment. In particular, the study of human behaviour is analysed in association to the technological, physical and social (or socio-physical) characteristics of the environments. These insights find applications in the study of human-machine interaction, cyberpsychology, but also in the design of buildings, urban spaces, in the emerging context of traffic psychology and in the design of transport systems. The second path therefore also contains innovative themes linked to the methods and consequences of the process of technological transformation of society on people and communities, in other words, the effects on individuals of the adoption of new interactive technologies in our life.
In summary, the Master degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology makes students ready to face the ever more diverse and new demands that the world - of school, clinic and work - can make to the figure of psychology and cognitive psychologist. The course of study also offers the knowledge and the methodological tools to enrol in post-graduate training courses (doctorate, short specialization programs, specialization programs).

Occupational opportunities
The employment opportunities concern not only the more traditional areas of the psychological profession but also more innovative areas in which the figure of a psychologist with a solid background in applied cognitive psychology is useful. On the one hand, the graduate in Applied Cognitive Psychology finds employment in sectors in which ergonomics, learning psychology, health psychology, environmental psychology, psychology of aging, sports psychology contributes to promote individual well-being through the analysis of the characteristics of the environment and individual resources. On the other hand, the graduate in Applied Cognitive Psychology finds employment in professional fields in which the contribution of cognitive psychology has been widely documented, such as, the field of law (with the contribution of forensic psychology), economics (with the contribution of decision psychology), the study of the environment and space (with the contribution of environmental psychology), civil engineering (with the contribution of traffic psychology) and the arts and literature (with the contribution of aesthetic psychology and the psychology of music), technology (with the contribution of cyberpsychology, human-machine interaction).

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Training

I Year HUMAN FACTORS IN THE SAFETY OF TRANSPORT SYSTEMS [CFU 6] INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY, AESTHETICS AND ART [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF STRATEGIC LEARNING AND MOTIVATION [CFU 6] LEARNING DISABILITIES [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF MOTIVATION AND EMOTION [CFU 6] HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION [CFU 6] CYBERPSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] COUNSELING AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY [CFU 9] SPORT AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 9] PSYCHOLOGY OF ATTENTION [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING [CFU 6] BILINGUALISM AND COGNITION [CFU 6] MECHANISMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND ERROR MONITORING [CFU 6] COGNITIVE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS [CFU 6] ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF ECONOMIC DECISIONS [CFU 6] ANIMAL COGNITION [CFU 9] COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY [CFU 9] PLANT COGNITION [CFU 9] RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS [CFU 6] II Year RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ETICHS IN PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 3] WORK PLACEMENT AND WORKSHOP [CFU 16] NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND PSYCHOPHYSICAL WELL-BEING [CFU 3] PRACTICES OF INTERACTION DESIGN [CFU 3] AN INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN FUNDING SYSTEM [CFU 3] HAZARD PERCEPTION AND ROAD SAFETY [CFU 3] PLANNING COGNITIVE TRAINING FOR OLDER ADULTS [CFU 3] PSYCHOLOGY OF DECISIONS AND THE ENHANCEMENT OF INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR [CFU 3] SOFT SKILLS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE [CFU 3] USABLE PRIVACY AND SECURITY [CFU 3] ANALYSIS OF INTERACTIONS AND MEDIATED COMMUNICATION [CFU 6] FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6]