Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: MARIANO INDELICATO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course involves acquiring knowledge about general psychology and sports psychology. The study's main aim is to provide the student with the basic and necessary knowledge to understand the fundamentals and theoretical bases of psychology and sports psychology.

Course Structure

Through PowerPoint presentations and films, frontal lectures will illustrate the main theoretical models of developmental psychology, referencing the most recent national and international research on specific topics included in the program. In addition, in-depth seminar meetings and study groups will be organised to stimulate, through debate, scientific curiosity and critical analysis of the main topics proposed.

Required Prerequisites

There are no particular prerequisites.

Attendance of Lessons


Detailed Course Content

History of Psychology

Scientific foundations of sport psychology

Neurophysiological bases of motor behavior

Perception, action and motor imagination

Self-regulating processes and activation levels

Attentional processes

Learning and memory

Executive functions and excellence in sport

Emotions and sports

Motivation and Personality

Sport and personality

Group dynamics

Improve performance

Sport, physical activity and well-being

Textbook Information

Mandolesi, L., Manuale di psicologia generale e dello sport, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2022

Cei, A., Fondamenti di psicologia dello sport, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2021

Legrenzi, P., Storia della psicologia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1980

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

For the evaluation, the teacher will take into account the following:

Knowledge and understanding: Knowledge of general psychology and sports psychology fundamentals, particularly cognitive, emotional and motivational domains.

Applied knowledge and understanding: Acquisition of knowledge of general and sports psychology mechanisms and possible alterations.

You are making judgements: Ability to summarize and compare general and sports psychology (e.g. attention, memory, executive functions) in sport.

Communication skills: Ability to communicate the contents learned during the course with a personal style and appropriate terminology.

Ability to learn: Understanding, analyzing and processing the contents of general and sports psychology texts to undertake subsequent in-depth studies independently

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

What is sports psychology?

What is meant by the scientific method?

The difference between movement, motor act and action

What does open-loop motor behavior mean?