Psychology for Policy Designer

Course Details
Instructor: 
Days: 
TR
Time: 
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Course Information
Quarter: 
Spring 2017
Course Number: 
31940
Section: 
01
Course Description:

Many policies are aimed at influencing people’s behavior. The most well-intentioned policies can fail, however, if they are not designed to be compatible with the way people actually think and make decisions. This course will draw from the fields of cognitive, social, and environmental psychology to (1) examine the ways in which human behavior deviates from the standard rational actor model typically assumed by economics, and (2) provide strategies for improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of public-facing policies. The basic premise of this course is that a foundational understanding of human behavior can lead not only to more effective policies, but enhanced decision-making and well-being.