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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032198, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1087, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can 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 MARIA DAL MARTELLO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st 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 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of English
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims to provide an introductory knowledge of decision making theories and research methods, and, in particular, it will cover social decisions in situations where the choice is between cooperation and competition (i.e. between altruistic and selfish behaviours).
Examination methods: The examination is written and consists in answering in form of brief essays to four open questions
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be about the knowledge and understanding of the topics in the syllabus
Course unit contents: Heuristics and Biases in Judgment and Decision Making
Theories on Decision Making
The Evolution of Altruism
Games of Cooperation and Competition
Strong Reciprocity and Human Altruism
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The approach used is interdisciplinary. We will examine studies of social and cognitive psychology, behavioural economics, evolutionary biology and social neuro-economics.
During the lectures students will have the opportunity to participate in frequent empirical demonstrations of the phenomena studied, through ‘games’ inspired by behavioural economics.
The course will be given in English.
The course will include some lectures given by Professor Laurence T. Maloney of New York University (NYU). The professor is an important expert in decision making with actions and in mathematical models for psychology.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The reading are parts of books and articles. The pages to be read are indicated for each book.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Baron, J., Thinking and Deciding. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Ch.6 "Descriptive theory of probability judgment", Ch.10 "Normative theory of choice under uncertainty", Ch.11 "Descriptive theory of choice under unc Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bowles, Samuel & Gintis, Herbert, A cooperative species. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011. Chapters: 1, 2, 3. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Brosnan, Sarah F. & de Waal, Frans B. M., Monkeys reject unequal pay. Nature, 425, 297-299: --, 2003. article
  • Dawes, R. M. & Thaler, R. H., Anomalies: Cooperation. --: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2 (3), 187-197, 1998. article
  • de Wall, F. B. M. & Berger, M. L., Payment for labour in monkeys. --: Nature, 404, 563, 2000. article
  • Fehr, E. & Fischbacher, U., The nature of human altruism. --: Nature, 425, 785-791, 2003. article
  • Gilbert, D. T. & Wilson, T. D., Prospection: Experiencing the future. --: Science, 317, 1351-1354, 2007. article
  • Gintis, H., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., & Feher, E.[eds], Moral sentiments and material interests. The foundation of cooperation in economic life. Cambridge, MA & London, UK: MIT Press, 2005. Chapter 2"The evolution of Cooperation in Primate Groups" Cerca nel catalogo
  • Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Feher, E., Gintis, H., & McElrearh, R., In search of Homo Economicus: Behavioral Experiments in 15 Small-scale Societies. --: American Economic Review, 91, 73-78, 2001. article
  • Kahneman, D., & Deaton, A., High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. --: PNAS, 107 (38), 16489-16493, 2010. article
  • Kahneman, D., Knetsch, J. L. & Thaler, R. H., Fairness and the assumptions of economics. --: Journal o Business, 59, 4, 285-300, 1986. article
  • Kahneman, D., Krueger, A. B., Schkade, D., Schwarz, N. & Stone, A. A., Would you be happier if you were richer? A focusing illusion.. --: Science, 312 (5782), 1908-1910, 2006. article
  • Kahneman, D., Slovic, P. & Tversky, A., Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University press, 1982. pp. 3-20; pp. 48-68; pp.163-178; pp. 239-248; 287-293; 463-489. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kahneman, D., & Tversky, A., Choices, Values, and Frames. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. pp. 1-43; pp. 171-179; pp. 241-268. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Parr, l. A. & de Waal, Frans B. M., Visual kin recognition in chimpanzees. --: Nature, 399, 647-648, 1999. article
  • Plous, S., The psychology of judgment and decision making. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993. pp 79-130; 217-230 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sanfey, A. G, Rilling, J.K., Aronson, J. A., Nystrom, L.E., Cohen, J. D., The neural basis of economic Decision-Making in the Ultimatum Game.. --: Science, 300, 1755-1758, 2003. article
  • Dal Martello, M.F., DeBruine, L. M., Maloney, L. T., Allocentric Kin Recognition is not affected by facial inversion. --: Journal of Vision, 15(13): 5, 1-11, 2015. article