Classes

Research Seminar in Cognitive Psychology

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021
Current research and issues in cognition, perception, and learning. Seminar participants present ongoing research and discuss current topics of interest in the literature.

The Human Context

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021
The context we inhabit influences our attitudes and behaviors in ways that we fail to appreciate. Beyond obvious features, like climate or wealth, the human context includes features, like inequality, discrimination, social norms, societal narratives, and the law, that are less apparent. These veiled features are an integral part of our experience: they affect our preferences, memories, perceptions of success, and life satisfaction. They shape our behaviors at home, at war, in neighborhoods, and as citizens. The course will explore the under-appreciated power of context, and contemplate ways... Read more about The Human Context

The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

An introduction to the main issues and research findings underlying decision-making and judgment under uncertainty. The focus is on the contrast between the normative theory of judgment and choice, and the psychological principles that guide decision behavior, often producing biases and errors. Among other topics, we will consider political, medical, and financial decision-making, poverty, negotiations, and the law, along with the implications of the findings for the rational agent model typically assumed in economics, throughout the social sciences, and in...

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The Psychology of Decision-Making and Judgment

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
An introduction to the main issues and research findings underlying decision-making and judgment under uncertainty. The focus is on the contrast between the normative theory of judgment and choice, and the psychological principles that guide decision behavior, often producing biases and errors. Among other topics, we will consider political, medical, and financial decision-making, poverty, negotiations, and the law, along with the implications of the findings for the rational agent model typically assumed in economics, throughout the social sciences, and in policy making.

Psychology for Policy Analysis and Implementation

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Course covers basic concepts and experimental findings of psychology that contribute to an understanding of the effects of policy on human behavior and well-being; and psychological factors that affect the formulation, communication, and execution of policy. Topics include a descriptive analysis of boundedly rational judgment and decision making, a consideration of social motives and attitudes, and an introduction to the ways in which agents influence and negotiate with one another, including an examination of the psychological roots of conflict.

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The Psychology of Decision-Making and Judgment

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

An introduction to the main issues and research findings underlying decision-making and judgment under uncertainty. The focus is on the contrast between the normative theory of judgment and choice, and the psychological principles that guide decision behavior, often producing biases and errors. Students will consider political, medical, and financial decision-making, poverty, negotiations, and law, along with the implications of the findings for the rational agent model typically assumed in economics, throughout the social sciences, and in policy making.

Sample Reading...

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