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The Science of Decision Making

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OVERVIEW

Applications open: 2018

 

Exploring The Brain

Whether it’s pleasure or pain, hope or regret, memories of things past or planning for the future, the workings of the human brain underpin what we do and experience. Find out what we are learning from modern neuroscience about the structure and activities underlying decision making.

Understanding Behavior

Our decisions are influenced by beliefs and biases, mood and age, context and culture. Understand what we are learning about how these variables shape our decisions.

Examining Influence

Every day, we try to influence the decisions of others, from families and colleagues to customers and leaders. Learn how we use persuasion, incentives and choice architecture to nudge people towards decisions we want them to make.

Improving Decision Making

We all want to make better decisions—on our own, and as members of teams or organizations. Explore approaches to better decision making that engage analytical reasoning, improved communication and team dynamics, and reliance on values.

EXPLORE

The Brain: How the brain decides and the critical roles played by pleasure and pain, memory and experience

Behavior: How cultural, developmental, contextual and emotional influences play out in our brains and shape our choices.

Influence: How we use persuasion, incentives, choice architecture, and appeals to beliefs and values to influence the decisions of others.

Improvement: How new research and techniques can help you make creative, reasoned, satisfying, and responsible decisions—individually and with others.

FEATURED EXPERTS INCLUDE

  • David Demarest, vice president of public affairs, Stanford; former head of public affairs at Bank of America, Visa
  • Hazel Markus, social psychologist, Stanford University
  • Bill Newsome, neurobiologist, head of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute, and co-chair of Obama’s BRAIN Initiative

COURSE SCHEDULE

Applications open: 2018

TUITION

$2600.00 ( covers online materials, on-campus program, and meals)

15% non-profit/governmnet/Stanford alumni discounts.

PLEASE CONTACT
worldview@stanford.edu

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