Psychology of Thinking and Decision Making (2019/2020)

Course code
4S006055
Name of lecturer
Margherita Pasini
Coordinator
Margherita Pasini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-PSI/01 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
2° semestre (A), 2° semestre (B) - aprile/maggio 2020, 2° semestre (B) - marzo/aprile 2020

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 inter-pretative tools to better understand decision-making procedure.

- Knowledge and understanding: Students will gain a general overview of the basic concepts of Psy-chology 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 bet-ter 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 devel-op 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.

Syllabus

The course aims to expand awareness on the following specific issues: 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.
In addition, key concepts concerning psychological research methods will be provided, suseful to understand the empirical research processes involved in the knowledge acquisition in this field. Moreover, concepts and competencies useful for the data analysis and interpretation in psychology will be provided.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
VITTORIO GIROTTO, MARCO ZORZI Manuale di psicologia generale Il Mulino 2016 Si tratta di un testo utile per chi volesse approfondire i temi della psicologia generale, ma non fondamentale per il corso. I contenuti di questo testo non sono richiesti per superare l'esame.
John J. Shaughnessy, Eugene B. Zechmeister, Jeanne S. Zechmeister Metodologia della ricerca in psicologia McGraw-Hill 2016 8838615454 Si tratta di un testo utile per chi volesse approfondire i temi della metodologia della ricerca in psicologia. Su questo tema sono disponibili altri testi, e chi fosse interessato può prendere contatto con la docente. I contenuti di questo testo sono utili per approfondimenti, ma non sono richiesti per superare l'esame. Su alcuni contenuti di questo testo, trattati durante il corso, saranno a disposizione delle slide.
Bonini N., Del Missier F., Rumiati R. Psicologia del giudizio e della decisione (Edizione 1) il Mulino 2008 9788815126009 Questo libro contiene gran parte degli argomenti trattati a lezione. In particolare saranno trattati i seguenti capitoli: I. Giudizio e decisione II. Euristiche ed errori sistematici nel giudizio IV. Rischio e decisione V. Rappresentazione e decisione VI. Memoria, attenzione e decisione VII. Processi decisionali dinamici VIII. Emozioni e decisione X. Negoziazione e decisione XI. Decisioni di gruppo

Assessment methods and criteria

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