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 on the Behavioral Decision Sciences webpage.
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.
Students in this concentration will:
- Develop a foundation in the science of decision making
- Acquire expertise in at least two of the core areas of decision making (psychology, economics, computer science, and philosophy)
- Learn about applications of the science of decision making
- Apply quantitative and other research methods
- Produce a piece of integrative research
Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Student Leaders: Emma Wexler, Eleanor Bleiberg
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Steven Sloman