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Psychophysiology 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


Neuroscience framework for Psychophysiology
.Psychophysiology research methods
.Brain/Cognition Interface
. Neurophysiological basis of behavior

Recommended Prerequisites

.Previous knowledge aboyt neuroanatomy and the nervous system functioning.

Teaching Metodology

.Active learning and hands on training.

Body of Work

1 - Neuroscience framework for Psychophysiology
2 - Research in Psychophysiology
Peripheral Nervous System
Brain activity
3 - Somatic System
4 - Cardiovascular Psychophysiology
5 - Electrodermal System
6 - Respiratory System
7 - Gastrointestinal system
8 - Sex Response
9 - Psychoneuroimmunology
10 - Emotion and Motivation

Recommended Bibliography

.Carlson, N. R. (2012). Physiology of behavior. Pearson ed.

Jeannerod, M. (1996). Sobre a fisiologia mental : história das relações entre biologia e psicologia. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget.

Complementary Bibliography

.Andreassi, J.L. (2000). Psychophysiology: Human behavior and physiological response, 4th ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.

Cacioppo, J.T., Tassinary, L.G. y Berntson, G.G. (Eds.) (2000). Handbook of Psychophysiology, 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ Press.

Weekly Planning

Week 1 - Introduction to Psychopysiology
Week 2 - Somatic nervous system
Week 3 - Peripheral Nervous System
Week 4 - Cardiovascular System
Week 5 - Peripheral nervous system recordings
Week 6 - Respiratory System
Week 7 - Gastrointestinal system
Week 8 - Neurophysiological Recordings
Week 9 - Neuroimaging
Week 10 - Sexual Response
Week 11 and 12 - Neuromodulation
Week 13 - Psychoneuroimmunology
Week 14 and 15 - Emotion and Motivation

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

.The organization reflects a match between the educational outcomes and the objectives.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

.The active learning, focusing on hands on experiences will improve the understanding of students about methods and systems related to psychophsyiology.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledge  
Adapting to new situations  
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYes 
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYes 
IT and technology proficiency  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Working in international context  
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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