Programmed study plan


List of courses / activities for the first year

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Corsi di carattere istituzionale avanzato 5
Attività di tipo seminariale o di laboratorio 15
Attività formative e di ricerca autonomamente scelte dal dottorando e approvate dal Collegio dei Docenti 5
Attività connesse con la ricerca (35CFU) 0

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Activities:
Advanced academic courses (5 CFU);
Seminars and laboratory activities (15 CFU);
Research activities (35 CFU);
Educational and research activities chosen by the PhD student and approved by the Phd professor board (5 CFU);

Advanced academic courses:
• Basic research methods in Cognitive Social and Affective Neuroscience (literature, hypotheses, designs, techiques);
• Matlab (Sapienza).
• EEG course
• Regression, mediation e moderation
• An introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM) using Mplus
• Factorial Invariance and item bias in Mplus: MG approach with continuous and categorical variables
• Analysis of variance
• Theoretical models of personality development
• Personality and positivity
• Advanced research on burnout
• Diversity within organizations


Method of choosing the subject of the thesis

Each PhD student will be assigned a tutor, who will supervise the work and support the student’s growth along the three years. A research topic will be chosen in accordance with the training program, and it will constitute the subject of the PhD thesis. Research topic and technique are chosen by taking into account student's interests and Lab's priorities and resources. Students are trained in responsible conduct of research with human participants.


Admission to the second year

By the end of the first year (in October), PhD students will present to the Board of Professors a report of the addressed topics, their work, and their scientific production (publications, conference presentations…), in order to be admitted to the second year. At the end of the first year, PhD students are required to provide the Coordinator with a report of their activities in terms of educational training, scientific activities, eventual periods abroad, and attended national or international conferences. The Board of Professors will approve the admission to the following year.
Students are required to attend regular seminar, lab meetings (only for CoSAN PhD students 8 out of 12 planned) and courses planned within the programme in order to reach a minimum of 40/60 credits




List of courses / activities for the second year

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Corso di metodologia avanzata 5
Attività di tipo seminariale o di laboratorio 15
Attività formative e di ricerca autonomamente scelte dal dottorando e approvate dal Collegio dei Docenti 5
Attività connesse con la ricerca (35 CFU) 0

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Activities:
Advanced academic courses (5 CFU);
Seminars and laboratory activities (15 CFU);
Research Activities (35 CFU);
Educational and research activities chosen by the PhD student and approved by the PhD professor board (5 CFU).
Advanced academic courses:
• Continuity and change of personality development
• Self-efficacy and moral disengagement
• Twins and neuroscientific resource
• Values in the work context
• Multilevel methods
• Research Syinthesis: introduction to Review, Meta-analysis, and PRISMA criteria
• Cluster Analysis
• Latent Profile Analysis
• Growth curve modeling and Trajectories
• Research methods in clinical-traslational neuroscience (hypotheses formulation, experimental designs, research techniques).
• Matlab (Sapienza).
• EEG



Method of preparation of the thesis

2nd Year Ph.D. students become more responsible for experimental protocol design, data collection and analysis and results dissemination.



Admission to the third year

Students are required to attend regular seminar, lab meetings (only for CoSAN PhD students 8 out of 12 planned) and courses planned within the programme in order to reach a minimum of 40/60 credits as well as summer-schools, national and international conference, stages in different university sites within the International Bilateral cultural and scientific
By the end of the second year, in order to be enrolled in the 3rd year, students must have submitted at least one paper to a peer-reviewed international journal.
By October, PhD students will present orally the research activities, the scientific production (e.g., in progress publications, conference contributions, …) to the Board of Professors who will evaluate the admission to the third year.




List of courses / activities for the third year

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Corsi di carattere istituzionale avanzato 5
Attività di tipo seminariale o di laboratorio: 10
Attività formative e di ricerca autonomamente scelte dal dottorando e approvate dal Collegio dei Docenti 5
Attività connesse con la ricerca (40 CFU) 0

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Activities:
Advanced academic courses (5 CFU);
Seminars and laboratory activities (10 CFU);
Research Activities (40 CFU);
Educational and research activities chosen by the PhD student and approved by the PhD professor board (5 CFU).

Advanced academic courses:
• Scientific English language
• SEM: advanced course
• Multilevel modeling: advanced course


Method of admission to the final examination

To be awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy (Dottore di Ricerca), the candidate will
have to defend his/her PhD thesis within the 28th of February of the year after the formal
conclusion of the PhD Program.
The thesis, accompanied by a report on the student’s research/training activities and a list of
his/her publications, will be evaluated by at least two highly qualified reviewers appointed by the
PhD Board of Professors (Collegio dei Docenti). The reviewers can work either in Italian or foreign
institutions but cannot belong to the University awarding the PhD degree. The reviewers will
present a written evaluation of the thesis and will propose either the admission of the student to the
thesis defense or the postponement of the defense for a period of no more than six months, if they
think that significant integrations or corrections are required. After this postponement period, the
reviewers will present a new, written evaluation of the revised thesis and the student will be allowed
to defend his/her thesis. By the end of September, the PhD students will have defended their thesis
(supplemental session only).

Mobility program. Each PhD student is required to spend at least months abroad at research institute relating to their thesis project after approval by the Board of Professors. PhD students are provided with economic support compatibly with available resources.


Final examination

The final exam will be performed in English and will be evaluated by a Commission composed of three members from different universities, with expertise in one of PhD programme research topics.

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