Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Sport and exercise psychology (2019/2020)

Course code
4S02430
Credits
9
Coordinator
Mirta Fiorio

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PSICOLOGIA GENERALE E DELLO SPORT 6 M-PSI/01-GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY MOTORIE 1° semestre Mirta Fiorio
PSICOLOGIA DEI GRUPPI 3 M-PSI/06-WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY MOTORIE 1° semestre Mirta Fiorio

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide theoretical knowledge to understand the main cognitive functions and the groups dynamics in relation to sports. The student will acquire the basic skills to understand the effects of sports on the individual's physical and psychological well-being.

PART I - The general aim of the course is to present a framework of the main research and intervention issues of psy-chology of teams (sport) and active groups (exercise). The specific aims of the course are to deepen the key-concepts of the most recent scientific national and international literature with particular attention to applied im-plications for kinesiologists.
PART II - The teaching aims at providing knowledge on the main cognitive and behavioral processes with particular ref-erence to sport.

Syllabus

The course consists of two parts: General and Sports Psychology and Groups Psychology.
The part of General and Sports Psychology will cover the following topics:
- Bases of neurobiology: the biological bases of cognitive functions;
- Bases of neuroanatomy: The role of brain plasticity in the motor domain;
- The basic principles of visual perception; Gestalt principles, optical illusions and Motion detection;
- The perception-action loop: visual systems for recognition and action. The parietal-premotor circuits for reaching and grasping;
- The mirror neuron system. The role of the sensory systems in action control;
- Other sensory systems that contribute to the perception-actions loop: the role of the somatosensory system and the role of the vestibular system;
- Attention: top-down and bottom-up processes. Spatial orientation of attention: Posner paradigm and its application in sports;
- Selective attention: parallel and serial processing;
- Focused and diffused attention. The focus of attention. Internal and external focus and its impact on sports performance;
- Learning: Biological basese and behavioral theories: classical and operant conditioning;
- Memory: Methods to test memory. The phases of memory. Memory systems: sensory, short-term, long-term. Physical exercise and memory;
- Emotions: primary and complex. Theories of emotions and interactions between emotions and other cognitive functions;
- The role of physical exercise on the individual's emotional state: main physiological and psychological mechanisms;
- Language: Processes of understanding and production. Biological bases of language and main theories;
- The decision making process. Reasoning and heuristics.

The part of Groups Psychology will address the following topics:
- Levels of analysis and intervention of applied psychology to sport;
- Consulting with athletes and teams. The Model of Basic Mind Skills;
- Motivational processes in sport;
- How to educate and support motivation in active and sporting groups;
- The definition of groups in sport and exercise;
- Roles, status, group rules. Maximizing performance in groups;
- Leader and leadership in groups. Competition, co-operation and cohesion in the groups: performance effects;
- Groups and Physical Activities Adapted for elderly people with or without disability: psychosocial benefits of inclusion. Gender differences in groups;
- Communication in groups.

Teaching methods
Teaching consists of frontal lessons, divided as follows: 48 hours (6 CFUs) are devoted to the part of General and Sports Psychology, while 24 hours (3 CFUs) are dedicated to the part of Group Psychology. The first lesson will serve to guide students thought the course: information will be provided about the program, the lesson schedule, the reference textbooks, and the exams. In addition, for each topic discussed during the lessons, the reference will be provided to the chapters in which that topic is described. Additional materials will be provided on the e-learning platform of the University.
Throughout the academic year, a student reception service is available, with a weekly fixed schedule.

Suggested textbooks
For General and Sports Psychology:
- Mandolesi L. Manuale di psicologia generale dello sport. Ed Il Mulino.
- Zorzi M, Girotto V. Fondamenti di psicologia generale. Ed Il Mulino.
- Gazzaniga MS, Ivry RB, Mangun GR. Neuroscienze Cognitive. Ed Zanichelli.

For Group Psychology:
- Burke, S. M., Carron, A. V. and Shapcott, K. M. (2008). Cohesion in exercise groups: An overview. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1, 107-123.
- Carron, A. V., Colman, M. M., Wheeler, J., and Stevens, D. (2002). Cohesion and Performance in Sport: A meta analysis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 24, 168-188.
- Speltini, G., e Palmonari, A. (2007). I gruppi sociali. Ed Il Mulino.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of one written test with 40 closed questions and multiple choice answers. The test is passed if at least 24 questions are answered correctly. The written test is intended to ensure knowledge of the topics addressed in the course and covers all the topics discussed during the lessons. The questions will address both the topics of General and Sports Psychology and the topics of Group Psychology. The written test will be expressed in scores of thirty.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Speltini, G. e Palmonari, A. I gruppi sociali Bologna: Il Mulino 2007
VITTORIO GIROTTO, MARCO ZORZI Manuale di psicologia generale Il Mulino 2016
Laura Mandolesi Manuale di psicologia generale dello sport Il Mulino 2017
Gazzaniga, Ivry, Mangun Neuroscienze Cognitive (Edizione 2) Zanichelli 2015




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