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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


PSYC 53.10 Social and Affective Motivations in Decision-making

Why do we tip restaurant servers, cab drivers, and coffee baristas?  Why does our grocery shopping behavior change when we are hungry?  This course will explore the social and affective motivations that influence how we make everyday decisions from the diverse perspectives of psychology, economics, and neurobiology.  This course will provide an introduction to how social psychological constructs and feelings can be modeled using tools from decision theory (e.g., value & uncertainty) and how these processes might be instantiated in the brain.  Topics to be covered include other-regarding preferences (e.g., trust, reciprocity, fairness, and altruism), affective motivations (e.g., risk, dread, regret, and guilt), and social considerations (e.g., reputation, conformity, and social-comparison).

Instructor

Chang

Prerequisite

PSYC 23, PSYC 27, or PSYC 28

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:SOC

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Offered

18W: 11