Decision making science in theory and practice
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
03 June 2020
Requisites for this module
BA C841 Economics with Psychology,
BA C851 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C861 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C148 Economics with Psychology,
BSC C158 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C168 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year)
Can psychology help make better decisions? Yes! From curbing climate change to selecting the best candidate for the job, decision-making science has many important insights to offer, which is why it is becoming increasingly popular in education, politics, business, economics and health. Governments, businesses and charities all understand the value of identifying decision pitfalls (e.g., social and cognitive biases) and using strategies to overcome these. In this module, you will learn about decision-making theories and gain the skills to understand, predict and improve people's decisions for real-world issues (e.g. "how can we help doctors better diagnose patients?", "how do we motivate people to exercise more often?", "how can we encourage people to be more prosocial?").
The module aims to develop an understanding of the psychological processes underpinning human decision-making. Students will develop a strong command of the theories and empirical findings in decision making science and will learn about how those can be used to tackle some major social challenges, such as climate change or antimicrobial resistance.
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Be familiar with key theories and models of decision-making science and how these can be used to address current societal challenges.
2. Develop a critical understanding of current research in judgement and decision-making science (e.g., biases, heuristics).
3. Design and apply basic behavioural interventions for a range
Weekly lectures will consist of an introduction to each topic of the module and a review of research on the topic. Students will learn based on a diverse set of materials such as slides, videos, quizzes, team work activities, in class presentation.
The module will consist of 10 lectures of 2 hours each.
This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Research Briefing Poster
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marie Juanchich, email: email@example.com.
Dr Marie Juanchich, Dr Miroslav Sirota
No external examiner information available for this module.
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0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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