PSYC 342
Social Judgment Spring 2020
Division II

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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.
The Class: Type: Seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3926
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of short papers; two essay exams; written and oral report of a research proposal
Prerequisites: PSYC 242 and PSYC 201, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology

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