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Course 2019-2020 a.y.

30463 - MIND AND SOCIETY: INTRO TO COGNITIVE SCIENCES

BESS-CLES
Department of Economics

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 13

BESS-CLES (6 credits - II sem. - OB  |  3 credits M-FIL/02  |  3 credits M-PSI/01)
Course Director:
DANIELA GRIECO

Classes: 13 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 13: DANIELA GRIECO


Suggested background knowledge

For a fruitful and effective learning experience, students should be comfortable with mathematical modeling of basic economic principles such as utility functions, choice under risk, intertemporal choice and Nash equilibrium.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

This course integrates insights from cognitive science into models of economic behavior. It discusses the limitations of standard economic models and surveys the ways in which psychological experiments have been used to learn about cognition, preferences, and behavior. The first part of the course provides an introduction to major theories in cognitive science, with emphasis on the information-processing mechanisms of the mind. The second part of the course presents experimental evidence on behavior which is puzzling from the perspective of standard microeconomic theories, and explores how cognitive science can help us to build richer, more realistic models of economic decision making.

CONTENT SUMMARY

Part 1: Introduction to Cognitive Science:

  • Neural Processing.
  • Attention and Perception.
  • Emotion.
  • Learning.
  • Intelligence and Knowledge.
  • Similarity and Categorization.
  • Memory.
  • Language.

Part 2: Cognitive Science and Economic Decision-Making:

  • Judgement.
  • Choice under Risk and Uncertainty.
  • Choice over Time.
  • Framing Effects and Preference Reversals.
  • Endowment Effects.
  • Social Comparisons and Fairness.
  • Search for Information and Learning.
  • Neuroeconomics.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Describe well established theories in cognitive science.
  • Recognize the complexity of cognitive processes underlying decision-making.
  • Summarize major findings on decision making from experimental economics.
  • Identify strengths as well as limitations of standard microeconomic theories.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Connect research and theories of cognition and behavior from diverse fields of the social sciences, including psychology, neuroscience, and economics.
  • Develop novel theories of economic decision-making which take into account the biological and neuroscientific foundations of cognition.
  • Apply research in cognitive science and behavioral economics to everyday events and challenges.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
DETAILS

Face-to-face lectures only.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    In order to evaluate the acquisition of the aforementioned learning outcomes, the assessment is based on written exams. The written exams (which can be taken in the two partials format, or in the general format) are based on a mix of multiple-choice and open questions.

    • Multiple choice questions are designed to test the students’ knowledge of the basic concepts and notions introduced in the course.
    • Open-ended questions are aimed at evaluating the students’ ability to establish connections between cognitive science and microeconomics and to use these connections to explain decision-making behavior which is puzzling from the perspective of standard microeconomic theories. 

    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Teaching materials are announced before the start of the course and indicated or uploaded to the Bboard platform.

    Last change 04/07/2019 17:58