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School of Psychology
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS: DECISION MAKING, ALTRUISM, COOPERATION AND COMPETITION
PSN1032198, A.A. 2014/15

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2014)
PS1087, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS: DECISION MAKING, ALTRUISM, COOPERATION AND COMPETITION
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2015
End of activities 05/06/2015
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 DAL MARTELLO MARIA (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 DAL MARTELLO MARIA (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2016/2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 DAL MARTELLO MARIA (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2015/16 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 DAL MARTELLO MARIA (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2014/15 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 DAL MARTELLO MARIA (Presidente)
BRESSAN PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
CARRETTI BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
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
Happiness
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 one of the most important experts on decision with actions and 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)
  • Fehr, E. and Fischbacher, U., The nature of human altruism. --: Nature, 425, 785-791, 2003. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gilbert, D.T. & Wilson, T.D., Prospection: Experiencing the future.. --: Science, 317, 1351-1354., 2007. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gintis, H.Bowles, S., Boyd, R. and Fehr, E. [eds], Moral Sentiments and Material Interests. The Foundation of Cooperation in Economic Life.. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press, 2005. Chapter 2 "Silk, J. B. "The Evolution of Cooperation in Primate Groups (pp. 43-73) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Feher, E. and Gintis H. & McElreath, R., In search of Homo Economicus: Behavioral Experimentsin 15 Small-scale Societies.. --: American Economic Review ,91, 73-78., 2001. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kahneman, D., Knetsch, J. L. & Thaler, R. H., Fairness and the Assumptions of Economics. --: Journal of Business, 59, 4, 285-300, 1986. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dawes, R. M. & Thaler, R. H., Anomalies: Cooperation. --: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2 (3), 187-197, 1988. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • Parr, L. A. & de Waal, F. B. M., Visual kin recognition in chimpazees. --: Nature, 399, 647-648, 1999. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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. 179-189; 239-248; 287-293; 463-489. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kahneman, D., & Tversky, A., Choices, Values, and Frames. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. pp. 17-43; pp. 171-179; pp. 241-268. Cerca nel catalogo
  • de Wall, F. B. M. & Berger, M. L., Payment for labour in monkeys. --: Nature, 404, 563, 2000. article Cerca nel catalogo
  • Plous, S., The psychology of Judgment and Decision Making. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993. pp.79-173; pp.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 Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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
  • Brosnan, Sarah F. & de Waal, Frans B. M., Monkeys reject unequal pay. --: Nature, 425, 297-299, 2003. article Cerca nel catalogo