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Space neuropsychology

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Space neuropsychology

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Academic year 2022/2023

Course ID
NEU0281C
Teacher
Raffaella Giovanna Nella Ricci (Lecturer)
Year
2nd year
Teaching period
Second semester
Type
Other activities
Credits/Recognition
2
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
M-PSI/02 - psychobiology and physiological psychology
Delivery
Formal authority
Language
English
Attendance
Optional
Type of examination
Written and oral (optional)
Type of learning unit
modulo
Modular course
Space neuroscience (NEU0281)
Prerequisites
basic knowledge of the relationship between the brain and cognitive functions, basic knowledge about neuroanatomy
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Sommario del corso

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Course objectives

The course aims to provide advanced knowledge of the human response to conditions and hazards humans face in space. Behavioral, cognitive, and brain changes induced by altered gravity and other stressors (e.g., radiation, altered CO2) and psychological effects of life in isolated, confined, and extreme (ICE) environment will be presented. Terrestrial analogs of space conditions and the possible countermeasures to contrast or mitigate adverse effects of living in space will be also discussed.

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Results of learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will have acquired advanced knowledge about the main stressors and conditions affecting human neuro-psychological functions, relative terrestrial analogs, and countermeasures.

At the end of the course the student is expected to demonstrate: I) knowledge and understanding of the major brain, cognitive and behavioral changes induced by space conditions in human beings, and their use for the study of cognitive processes in the healthy brain and their potential role for brain functions rehabilitation; II) conceptual and analytical ability in analyzing the topics presented during the course, making judgments on them, and establishing relationships between factors and conditions encountered in space and psychological, cognitive/behavioral and neural changes; III) knowledge and understanding on the use of space analogs; IV) skills in communicating in clear and exhaustive way the theoretical framework, method and findings of a scientific study and the ability to formulate in autonomy interpretations, ideas, and conclusions on the topics of the course.

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Program

  • a brief introduction to the history of manned space missions
  • major factors and hazards humans face in space
  • effects of space on cognition, behavior/performance, and the brain
  • effects of living in an isolated, confined, extreme (ICE) environment on psychological well-being
  • terrestrial analogs
  • countermeasures to mitigate or rehabilitate adverse effects of living in space
  • future developments in space neuropsychology
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Course delivery

Frontal lessons

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Learning assessment methods

Written exam with the possibility of oral integrative exam 

Suggested readings and bibliography



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