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PS918 - Psychological Models of Choice (ERSC DTP version)

  • Module code: PS918
  • Module name: Psychological Models of Choice (ERSC DTP version)
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 10, 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The main aim of this module is to review theories of individual choice. Core empirical results in the decision-making literature will be reviewed and their theortical impications explored. The module will cover the major theories of choice, with emphasis upon choices involving risk and time. Secondary aims include developing criticisms of methodologies, the ability to implement mathematical models of decision-making, and appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical approaches.

Principal learning outcomes

Read, understand, and critically evaluate academic articles that report models of choice; describe and discuss the strenghts and weaknesses of the most important models of individual choice; implement a mathematical model of individual choice; understand and analyse the relation between theory and data; describe and evaluate the appropriateness of key experimental methods for testing models of decision-making; understand the theoretical importance of core, critical empirical results in decision-making.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 lecture and 1 seminar per week

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: PS918-10)
A (Assessed work only) Assessment 1 33.4%
  Assessment 2 33.4%
  Assessment 3 33.4%
15 CATS (Module code: PS918-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessment 1 33.4%
  Assessment 2 33.4%
  Assessment 3 33.4%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Behavioural and and Data Science (C803) - Year 1