Skip to content Skip to navigation

The Science of Decision Making

Monday, March 13, 2017
Go to Course


New program; lower tuition!

Start online March 13, 2017; Come to Stanford April 27, 2017

Harness the power of your brain! Discover how the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, law, economics, and business can help you predict, influence, and improve decision making. Start learning online and then come to campus for an immersive one-day experience, interacting with Stanford faculty and exploring leading-edge tools and technologies.


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.


  • Bill Burnett, design visionary, Stanford
  • David Demarest, vice president of public affairs, Stanford; former head of public affairs at Bank of America, Visa
  • Kara Fitzpatrick, clinical psychologist, Stanford Medical School
  • Hazel Markus, social psychologist, Stanford University
  • Lindred Greer, assistant professor, organizational behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Bill Newsome, neurobiologist, head of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute, and co-chair of Obama’s BRAIN Initiative
  • And more...


Applications open: NOW
Start online: March 13, 2017
Come to Stanford: April 27, 2017
Online content closes: June 5, 2017


$1750 (covers online materials and on-campus program)
15% non-profit/government/Stanford alumni discount
10% early registration discount (deadline February 6, 2017)




This course is offered through Worldview Stanford, which creates interdisciplinary media and learning experiences to engage and inform the public.

The science of decision making

View All Courses

Access learning material from upcoming, self-study, and completed courses...