Master students Psychology
Will it rain tomorrow? Shall I buy a travel insurance? Is this person guilty? And should I worry about this medical test outcome? We all face a perplexing array of judgements and decisions every day. In this course, we review the main theories in judgement and decision making, and we consider applications in both every day and professional decision problems.
Students acquire specialised knowledge about psychological theories of judgement and decision making, and reflect on possibilities and limitations of applying this knowledge in various practical domains.
Decision Making: Theory and practice (2011-2012):
Mode of instruction
Lectures (including guest lectures from professional decision making experts)
Work group sessions (compulsory)
Exam; multiple choice and essay questions about the book
Report of results of an experiment carried out in research group (group work)
From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .
Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl
Newell, B.R., Lagnado, D.A., and Shanks, D.R. (2007). Straight Choices. The psychology of decision making. Psychology Press.
Further reading to be selected in research groups
Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 1 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 2 February 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.
NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.
Dr. F. Poletiek