Brain and Decision
Psych 232 (3 units)
T 1:30-4:20 PM
Prerequisites: Background in neuroscience, psychology, or economics + instructor consent.
Brian Knutson, PhD
Psychology & Neuroscience
Bldg 420, Room 470
Office Hours: W 2:00-3:30 PM (c/o rschumm'at'stanford.edu)
This seminar explores how emerging findings at the interface of neuroscience, psychology, and economics combine to inform our understanding of how the brain makes decisions. Topics include neural processes related to reward, punishment, probability, risk, time, reflection, and social interaction, as well as theoretical implications and practical applications. We will briefly touch on the possibility of extending individual brain and behavioral data down to physiological and up to aggregate levels of analysis.
Because the course involves interdisciplinary material, it takes the format of a research seminar with background discussions, and is targeted at graduate students and advanced undergraduates who aim to conduct related research. Goals include: (1) building familiarity with relevant neuroscience, psychology, and economics concepts; (2) increasing awareness of key relevant literature; and (3) preparation to conduct and advance innovative interdisciplinary research.
Glimcher PW, Camerer C, Poldrack RA, Fehr E (2009). Neuroeconomics: Decision making and the brain. New York: Academic Press. (for a deeper dive: optional, specialist, and free!)
Classes 1-2 will provide minimal background in neuroscience, psychology, and economics in the form of lectures and discussions.
Classes 3-8 include thematic reviews followed by discussion of relevant research findings.
Classes 9-10 focus on students' research presentations and proposed projects.
|03/29/22||Introduction & Definitions||Fox / Glimcher et al|
|04/05/22||Neuroscience / Psychology / Economics||Schultz et al / Loewenstein et al / Bernheim|
|04/12/22||Expected Value (Magnitude & Probability) / Learning||Haber & Knutson | Palminteri et al | Knutson et al / O'Doherty et al|
|04/19/22||Risk / Ambiguity||Knutson & Huettel | Kuhnen & Knutson + sup / Preuschoff et al / Hsu et al|
|04/26/22||Time||Peters & Buchel | McClure et al + sup / Kable & Glimcher + sup / Hare et al|
|05/03/22||Choice||Ariely & Berns | Knutson et al + sup / Tusche et al / Tong et al|
|05/10/22||No Class (BK out)|
|05/17/22||Interaction||Sanfey | Rilling et al / Sanfey et al / Park et al|
|05/24/22||Future / Presentations||Zalocusky et al / Scholz et al / Stallen et al|
|05/31/22||Presentations / Wrap|
|Notes (35) / Critique (10)||45%|
|Outline (5) / Presentation (5) / Proposal (25)||35%|
|Attendance (10) / Attention (10)||20%|