Psychology of Thinking and Decision Making (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Margherita Pasini
Margherita Pasini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
2° semestre (2A) - 2° anno dal Feb 7, 2019 al Mar 16, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to describe psychological knowledge on judgment and decision-making processes, looking at the analysis of cognitive, affective and neural processes underlying judgement and decision making. This knowledge is useful in the field of emergency management, in order to gain interpretative tools to better understand decision-making procedure.
Learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding: Students will gain a general overview of the basic concepts of Psychology as a scientific discipline. Furthermore will gain specific knowledge concerning psychological processes in decision-making.
- Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to use the acquired knowledge to better interpret what happens during the decision-making process, mainly under emergency conditions.
- Concerning Making Judgements, students will be able to develop the ability to autonomously develop comprehensive reflections concerning decision-making process, from a psychological point of view. Students will also be able to clearly communicate research results in psychology of decision-making. This communication skill will contribute to increase their ability in communicate results from observed data. Finally, students will develop their lifelong learning skills on the subjects addressed during the course.


1. Judgement and decision making
2. Heuristics and systematic biases in making judgements
3. Risk and decision making
4. Representation and decision making
5. Memory, attention, and decision making
6. Dynamic decision making
7. Emotions and decision making
8. Brain and decision making
9. Negotiation and decision making
10. Group decision making

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
VITTORIO GIROTTO, MARCO ZORZI Manuale di psicologia generale Il Mulino 2016 Questo libro è utile per chi fosse interessato ad approfondire le tematiche relative alla Psicologia Generale e non sarà materia di esame dell'insegnamento
Bonini N., Del Missier F., Rumiati R. Psicologia del giudizio e della decisione (Edizione 1) il Mulino 2008 9788815126009

Assessment methods and criteria

The final assessment will be on the basis of a short paper production, or an oral presentation to the class on a theme related to the course, agreed with the teacher.

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