Behavioral Decision Sciences
Leading to a Bachelor of Arts, the study of decision making at Brown covers descriptive questions like how people, institutions, and nations make judgments and decisions; normative questions about rationality, such as what constitutes the best judgments and decisions; and prescriptive questions, such as how the process of decision making can be improved to make actual decisions closer to optimal ones. By virtue of its broad interdisciplinary nature, the study of decision making covers work found in a variety of more traditional disciplines including psychology, cognitive science, economics, philosophy, computer science, and neuroscience. Professor Steven Sloman is the concentration advisor. Upon declaring, concentrators are also encouraged to speak with the appropriate area specialist from among those listed here.
Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- 2020 Management Trainee, M&T Bank
- Analyst, Goldman Sachs
- Associate Product Manager, Visa
- Associate, Boston Consulting Group
- Business Analyst, McKinsey & Co.
- Consulting Associate, IQVIA
- Content Strategist, Google
- Data Solutions Engineer, Wayfair
- Post-graduate Researcher, Yale University
- Social Media Manager, Unraveled LLC
- Carnegie Mellon University, PhD, Behavioral Decision Research
- Research Assistant - Sloman Lab, Brown University
- Research Associate, Lieberman Research Worldwide