This seminar contrasts basic notions of rationality by introducing into the psychology of judgment and decision making under risk and under uncertainty.
This course will be taught in German, but most relevant literature is in English. (Participants are welcome to present and contribute in English as well.)
Die Teilnehmerzahl dieser Veranstaltung ist auf 25 begrenzt.
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Um dieses Seminar zu belegen, wählen Sie bitte im LSF die folgende Veranstaltung aus:
Belegung Seminare im Modul 2100 Handlungspsychologie
The course is based on the following textbook:
Newell, B. R., Lagnado, D. A., & Shanks, D. R. (2015). Straight choices: The psychology of decision making (2nd edition). Psychology Press.
On every session, some student(s) select(s) and present(s) a related research articles (to be discussed with the instructor).
Prüfungsanmeldezeitraum für dieses Seminar in StudIS
11.04.2016 – 25.04.2016
Basic familiarity with psychological research methods, as well as concepts and theories of Cognitive and Social Psychology.
Final grades will be based on three factors:
a) managing one session, including preparation of a chapter summary (to be uploaded on Ilias at least 1 day before the session) and a short (30–45 min) presentation of a corresponding research article (50%);
b) active class participation (30–50%);
c) possibly short pop quizzes (if necessary to ensure regular preparation, 0–20%).
Are we rational beings? What does it mean to think or act rationally? This seminar will highlight and contrast different notions of human rationality. After introducing basic concepts and summarizing classic research on human judgment and decision making we examine different perspectives of 'bounded rationality' and compare the popular view of 'heuristics and biases' with accounts of 'simple and smart heuristics'. We study lively debates on the status of various so-called biases, reflect on their philosophical foundations, and discuss their theoretical, methodological, and practical implications.
Keywords: choice, decision making, heuristics, judgment, rationality
Advanced (BSc and MSc) students, who are familiar with basic principles and theories of General, Cognitive and Social Psychology and curious about Decision Making.
Core competencies to be acquired and practiced include:
- Understanding and reflecting on the scientific study of human rationality.
- More specifically, students will be
- locating and reading original research literature;
- reflecting on psychological concepts, findings, and theories;
- presenting, discussing and summarizing key arguments; and
- preparing useful materials to facilitate the understanding of their peers.
To enable engaging class discussions, we encourage and expect active class participation. This includes:
- regular attendance;
- reading one chapter of the textbook for every session;
- a written summary (script/handout) of one particular chapter/topic;
- a short (30–45 min) presentation of one related research article.