Second cycle degree in

Applied cognitive psychology

Class: LM-51 - Psychology

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 includes two complementary paths.
The first path focuses on the cognitive, emotional, and motivational factors that foster psychological well-being. It provides theoretical frameworks as well as practical competencies and tools for the assessment, the design and use of evidence-based cognitive and emotional interventions to enhance and sustain psychological well-being across the lifespan, from childhood to the elderly ages. From an applied perspective it also gives instruments and applications to favor well-being in many contexts which are not exclusively psychological such as forensic, sport, decision making, musical or fine arts, learning and education.
The second path focuses on the factors that favor and promote the interaction person-environment-technology. In particular, human behavior is analyzed in association to the human-machine interaction and to the technological, physical and social (or socio-physical) characteristics of the environments. This knowledge allows applications in different applied and innovative fields, such as the emergent fields of cyberpsychology, design of user-friendly interfaces, buildings, urban spaces and transport systems. The second path therefore deals with the consequences of the continuous process of technological transformation of society on people and organizations and on ways to support it.
In summary, the Master Degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology makes ready to face the emergent and demanding changing societal requests in many contexts: educational, clinical, organizational. It also offers the knowledge and the methodological tools to enroll in post-graduate training courses (PhD or specialization programs).

Occupational opportunities
The employment opportunities concern not only the more traditional areas of the psychological profession but also more innovative and emerging areas in which a psychologist with a solid background in applied cognitive psychology could foster processes. Graduates in Applied Cognitive Psychology find employment in sectors such as learning psychology, health psychology, environmental psychology, psychology of aging, sports, ergonomics, user experience analysis, user-centered design, in which they contribute to promote psychological well-being across the lifespan through the analysis of the characteristics of the environment and individual resources. Moreover, graduates in Applied Cognitive Psychology find employment in professional fields in which the contribution of cognitive psychology has been widely documented, such as the fields of law and legal system (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), the arts and literature (with the contribution of aesthetic psychology and psychology of music), information and communication technologies (with the contribution of cyberpsychology and human-machine interaction).

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Training

I Year HUMAN FACTORS IN THE SAFETY OF TRANSPORT SYSTEMS [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF STRATEGIC LEARNING AND MOTIVATION [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF MOTIVATION AND EMOTION [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY, AESTHETICS AND ART [CFU 6] BASIC CONCEPTS OF CYBERPSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION [CFU 6] COUNSELING AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY [CFU 9] SPORT AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 9] 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 ATTENTION [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF ECONOMIC DECISIONS [CFU 6] ANIMAL COGNITION [CFU 9] PLANT COGNITION [CFU 9] COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY [CFU 9] RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS [CFU 6] II Year RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 3] WORK PLACEMENT AND WORKSHOP [CFU 16] INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS [CFU 6] 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] USABLE PRIVACY AND SECURITY [CFU 3] PLANNING COGNITIVE TRAINING FOR OLDER ADULTS [CFU 3] SOFT SKILLS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE [CFU 3] ANALYSIS OF INTERACTIONS AND MEDIATED COMMUNICATION [CFU 6] FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6]