Behavioural Decision Making
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BS040
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
prof. dr. A.J. Dijksterhuis
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B.C. Figner
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.G. Sanfey
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.G. Sanfey
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. A.G. Sanfey
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER2  (05/11/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksFor Behavioural Science RM students only, non-BSRM students interested in the course, please mail to
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to fundamental research in the field of Behavioural Decision Making, research that spans a variety of disciplines including psychology, economics, and neuroscience. At the conclusion of the course, students should be conversant with the key theoretical principles in decision-making research, and in particular should be able to distinguish between descriptive and prescriptive accounts of decision-making. Additionally, students will be able to understand and discuss current influential research papers that examine both the behavioural and neural bases of human decision making, as well as understand the main research methods used in this field. Finally, the student should be able to propose a research idea that advances decision-making research in an innovative direction.
The Behavioural Decision Making course covers the most important recent developments in decision-making research. As befits the field in general, we will examine research from a variety of disciplines. Though most of the research comes from psychological studies, we will also cover research from economics, neuroscience, and public policy. In each lecture we will cover one broad theme:
1. Rationality and heuristics
2. Judgment
3. Risk
4. Intertemporal choice
5. Developmental decision-making
6. Social decision-making
7. Neuroscience of decision-making 
8. Decisions in the Wild – case studies in bad decision-making.

Exam information
Grades will be assigned based on performance on an end of course exam (50%) and a research proposal (50%) 
    1.Exam: 6-8 open questions based on the assigned readings and on the lectures.
    2. Research Proposal: a 4-6 page document with a proposed novel experiment, based on one or two of the themes of the lectures. Students should present a well-described hypothesis, the thoughts/models/theory this hypothesis is based on, and an experimental design in considerable detail.
Students will have the opportunity to receive peer feedback of their proposal before submission.
Required materials
To be announced
Representative journal articles (approx 2 per week) will be posted online at least one week prior to each lecture. These articles will illustrate in detail some of the concepts to be discussed at the following meeting, and are required reading

Instructional modes

Research proposal
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3

Written exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER2, Block PER3