PSYC 342 Fall 2012 Social Judgment

This course focuses on how people make judgments and decisions in their social lives and why they are sometimes biased and irrational in their choices. We will place a strong emphasis on exploring how ideas from the judgment and decision-making literature can aid in our understanding of social psychological phenomena, including planning for the future, understanding other people, and resolving interpersonal conflicts. We will also place an emphasis on people's judgments and decisions as they pertain to their happiness and well-being, exploring how concepts in the judgment and decision-making literature can help us to understand why certain types of outcomes are more satisfying than others and why people sometimes choose in ways that fail to maximize their well-being. As we explore these questions, we will survey a variety of methods and perspectives, ranging from classic social psychological experiments to techniques imported from behavioral economics and cognitive psychology.
Class Format: empirical lab course
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of short papers; two essay exams; written and oral reports of research
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Prerequisites: PSYC 242 and PSYC 201, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Preference to psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology,PSYC Empirical Lab Course
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1872
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
PSYC342-01(F) SEM Social Judgment Division 2: Social Studies Jeremy D. Cone
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Bronfman 107 1872
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