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9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Spring 2018

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.  This course was previously titled Psychology for Policy Designers. 

Quarter Title Instructor Day(s) Time(s) Syllabus
Spring 2024 Behavioral Science and Public Policy Kimberly Wolske Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:20pm