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Decision Making: Theory and practice


Admission requirements

Master students specialisation Applied Cognitive 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 judgments and decisions every day. In this course, we review the main theories in judgment and decision making, and we consider applications in both every day and professional decision problems.

Course objectives

Specialised knowledge about psychological theories of judgment and decision making, and reflection 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)

  • Workgroup sessions (compulsory)

Assessment method

  • Exam; multiple choice and essay questions about the book

  • Report of results of an experiment carried out in research group (group work)

  • Presentation

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Reading list

  • 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


Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Exam registration

Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam

Contact information

Dr. F. Poletiek
Room 2-B24
Tel.: 071-5273641