Courses in Psychology

Department of Psychology


Psych 4508: Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making

3 units | Offered most semesters
An overview of current models and empirical research on cognitive processes in human decision making and judgment under risk and uncertainty.


Psych 4508H: Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making (Honors)

3 units | Offered most semesters
An overview of current models and empirical research on cognitive processes in human decision making and judgment under risk and uncertainty. Depending on the instructor, a research proposal, term paper, or presentation is required.


PSYCH 4518 Attitudes: Structure, Function, and Consequences

3 units | Offered most semesters
Survey of theory and evidence related to the structure and functional value of attitudes and their effects on information processing, judgments, and behavior.


Psych 4525: Psychology of Personal Security: Global and Local Perspectives

3 units | Offered most semesters
Surveys the diverse psychological literature on personal security, a key ingredient in psychological well-being.


PSYCH 4630: Attitudes and Persuasion

3 units | Offered most semesters
Overview of the major psychological theories and research in the area of attitudes and persuasion - how people's opinions, beliefs, and evaluations are formed and modified.


Psych 5870: Neuroeconomics and Decision Neuroscience

3 units | Offered yearly
Topics include decisions about risk, delaying gratification, social distribution, strategy in games, and learning.


Psych 7695.04: The Dynamics and Neuroscience of Psychological and Economic Decision Making

3 units | Offered about every other year
This seminar discusses the behavioral and neural mechanisms by which organisms make decisions. It will focus on drift-diffusion and other related models of how decisions are formed over time.


Psych 7708: Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making (Graduate)

3 units | Offered yearly
Introductory graduate course on the psychology of judgment and decision making, with a strong emphasis on empirical research. Depending on the instructor, material may include various applications in health, law, economics, environmental issues, and social, cognitive, and clinical psychology.


Psych 7816: Action and Decision Making

3 units | Offered about every other year
This course will explore control actions and decision making in real-time performance domains such as driving, flying, and dynamic process monitoring to detect unusual behavior.  Various control and decision strategies will be explored as real-time analogs of regression, Bayesian, and heuristic styles of decision making.


Psych 7897: Topical Seminar in Social Psychology

2 units | Offered about every other year
A seminar offering in-depth analysis of a topic of current interest in social psychology. Enrollment is repeatable when the topic changes.


Psych 8880: Current Research in Decision Psychology

2 units | Offered every semester
Advanced training in the conduct, evaluation, and presentation of research related to the psychology of decision making.


PSYCH 8881 Cognitive and Affective Influences in Decision Making

3 units | Offered about every other year
A seminar offering in-depth analysis of a topic of current interest in cognitive and affective influences in decision making.


Psych 8890: Graduate Seminar on the Neural Dynamics of Decision Making

3 units | Offered about every other year
In recent years there has been an explosion of research on decision-making processes and their underlying neural mechanisms. Much of this research uses “sequential sampling models” (notably the diffusion model (DDM)) to understand how information is integrated, accumulated, and compared by neural circuits in the brain.  In this course we will discuss this research, looking at both animal and human decision making, in domains ranging from perception and memory, to economics and morality. We will explore the commonalities and differences between these types of decisions, and extensively discuss the latest research looking at these processes directly in the brain, or with other techniques such as eye-tracking. This course is thus intended to familiarize students with the very latest research on the dynamics of decision making and to develop students’ own skills at evaluating such research.


Psych 8896: Advanced Seminar in Quantitative Psychology

3 units | Offered about every other year
Provides an introduction to recent trends in decision research. We make choices and perceive risks in the world around us based on cognitive, affective, and motivational factors that influence how we perceive meaning and (sometimes) influence how we construct our preferences.  The present course will cover theoretical distinctions as well as their application to practical domains such as health and the environment.


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