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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032482, A.A. 2014/15

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2013/14

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1978, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF DECISIONS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ENRICO RUBALTELLI M-PSI/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 13/10/2014
End of activities 16/01/2015

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2016 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 RUBALTELLI ENRICO (Presidente)
LOTTO LORELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No special requirements are needed to attend this class
Target skills and knowledge: This class aims at covering the main theories and application of judgment and decision-making. At the end of the class, students will be able to understand how people make decisions and why behavior does not conform to the rationality assumptions proposed by classical economic theories. This class will touch the theoretical side as well as the applied one of several subjects related to judgment and decision-making, among them: consumer behavior, altruism and prosocial behavior, the application of decision-making to policy making, the measurement of happiness, how people use money, financial decision-making, and risk perception.
Examination methods: The final examination will be an oral test based on all the class lectures as well as the contents of the text books.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the subjects presented during the class.
Course unit contents: This class covers the field of judgment and decision-making, which is the collection of cognitive, social, and emotion studies that analyze how people make decisions and evaluate the alternatives available. In particular, the class covers dual-process models of thinking, which distinguish between automatic information processing and conscious, deliberative processing. Related to these theories is the understanding of the pivotal role emotions have in driving our everyday actions. Finally, the class will cover a series of applications of judgment and decision-making in different economci fields.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching methodology foresees class lectures and text book reading (not in class). In addition, students will be involved in tests about the different thinking processes (automatic and deliberative), risk perception, and measurement of risk perception. Finally, in deepth explanations of methodological aspects will be done through the presentation of research papers in class. This last teaching point aims at familiarizing students with the research methodologies characterizing the judgment and decision-making field.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Kahneman D., Pensieri lenti e veloci. Milano: Mondadori Editore, 2012. Solo parti 1, 2 e 4. Only parts 1, 2, and 4 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rumiati R., Rubaltelli E., Mistri M., Psicologia economica. Roma: Carocci Editore, 2008. Solo capitoli 3, 7, 9, 10 e 12. Only chapters 3, 7, 9, 10, and 12 Cerca nel catalogo