Master's degree in Sport Science and Physical Performance

Research psycology methods applied to sports

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Name of lecturer
Mirta Fiorio
Mirta Fiorio
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1° semestre motorie dal Oct 1, 2020 al Jan 30, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The Teaching aims at providing knowledge on the main methodological approaches and the main techniques suitable to investigate the psychological functions related to motor and sports performance. In particular, the student will acquire knowledge on the interaction between cognitive functions and motor and sports performance in order to devise new experimental paradigms according to a twofold direction: on the one hand to realize paradigms that allow to understand whether and how high level of sport practice leads to the development of special cognitive skills and on the other hand to develop new ways to enhance some cognitive functions in order to improve sports performance. The elements will also be provided to acquire a methodological approach useful to conduct a scientific research. Particular emphasis will be given to techniques that allow to investigate the functioning of the brain during the execution of cognitive-motor tasks, such as EEG, TMS and fMRI.


The course will cover the following topics:
1. Behavioral research methods: Reaction times and psychophysics.
2 Methods of investigation of the motor system: Transcranic magnetic stimulation applied to sport.
3 Methods of brain imaging: Electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) applied to sport.
4 Methodological approach: Experimental research designs, the concept of variable, elements of statistics.
5. Hands-on: the students will prepare and present a research project.

Teaching methods
Teaching consists of frontal lessons, for a total of 24 hours (3 CFUs). 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
- Lucidi, Alivernini, Pedon. Metodologia della ricerca qualitativa. Ed Il Mulino (Bologna) 2008
- The slides of the lectures will be available on the web page for the Course.
- Bibliographic references to scientific papers published in international journals will be provided.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Augusto Gnisci, Arrigo Pedon Metodologia della ricerca psicologica (Edizione 2) Il Mulino 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists for all the students of an oral interview to verify not only the theoretical knowledge and understanding of the topics dealt with during the lessons but also the ability to carry out research projects in the sports field. The ranking of the written test will be expressed in scores of thirty.

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