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Being human means that we sometimes make choices that we know are bad for us. In this course we survey theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding our strengths and weaknesses as decision makers. Topics include rationality, the debate over cognitive biases, fast and frugal heuristics, impulsivity and self-control, addictions and bad habits, paternalism, and moral decision making.
Format: seminar/laboratory; Lectures and labs will be remote, conducted via Zoom during the scheduled time slots, with recordings posted on Glow for students who cannot attend during those slots.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
problem sets, essay papers, class and lab participation, and a research report
PSYC 221 or 222 or permission of instructor; permission is typically given to students who have successfully completed ECON 110
senior Psychology majors who need the course to fulfill the major
COGS Interdepartmental Electives
PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
PSYC Area 2 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC Empirical Lab Course