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Decision Making: Theory and Practice


Admission requirements

Master students specialisation Applied Cognitive Psychology and other Master students in Psychology


Will it rain tomorrow? Shall I buy a travel insurance? Is this person guilty? And should I worry about this medical test outcome? We all face a perplexing array of judgments and decisions every day. In this course, we review the main theories in judgment and decision making, and we consider applications in both every day and professional decision problems.

Course objectives

Specialised knowledge about psychological theories of judgment and decision making, and reflection on possibilities and limitations of applying this knowledge in various practical domains e.g., the fields of medical, political, and legal decision making.


Decision Making: Theory and Practice (2014-2015):



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions on registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Exchange students

If you have any question, please contact our exchange coordinator

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures (including guest lectures from professional decision making experts).

Assessment method

  • Exam; (multiple choice and essay questions) about the book and about papers related to the guest lectures.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud


Information on

Reading list

  • Newell, B.R., Lagnado, D.A., and Shanks, D.R. (2007). Straight Choices. The psychology of decision making. Psychology Press. (excl. chapters 7, 11 & 12)

  • Articles related to the topics of the guest lectures.

Contact information

Dr. F. Poletiek
Room 2 B24
Tel.: 071-5273641