Behavioral Decision Sciences

Leading to a Bachelor of Arts, the study of decision making 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. (David Yokum will be acting concentration advisor from January 2020 to December 2020). Upon declaring, concentrators are also encouraged to speak with the appropriate area specialist from among those listed here.