Have you ever wondered why one cannot resist eating sweets at midnight, why do people fear snakes, or why are our choices heavily influenced by what other people do? Answering these – at first sight silly – questions reveals that what may seem like a ‘bias’ or ‘error,’ can be actually a feature tricking us into maximizing behavior. The course ‘Evolutionary Behavioral Economics’ uses insights from evolutionary biology and neurosciences to provide a critical perspective on theories of human decision making, which have been in last decades dominated by the heuristics and biases research program.
- Introduction into Evolutionary Behavioral Economics
- A Brief History of Life: An Introduction into Evolution
- A Brief History of Mankind
- How Does the Brain Operates?
- Why Were Men Better Hunters and Women Better Moms?
- Revisiting the “Error” in Studies of Cognitive Error
- Behind and Beyond a Shared Definition of Ecological Rationality
- Gender: Competing for the Offspring
- Ethnicity: WEIRD People and Cultural Coevolution Models
- Developing and Running an Experiment in Lioness Lab
- Decision-making and Emotions
- Decision-making and Society
- EBE & Public Policy: Introduction
- Rationality in Economics vs. Rationality in Public Policies
- Rationality and Values in Public Policies
- Evolutionary Critique of Nudge Theory in Public Policy
- Do We Have a Free Will and What Does It Mean For Public Policies?
Each lecture lasts 60 minutes. Morning lectures start at 8:30 and finish at 12:20. Afternoon lectures start at 13:30 and finish 17:30. If not set otherwise, the break after each lecture lasts 30 minutes. All times are in Central European Time (CET).
For students who participate face-to-face, there will be some icebreakers on August 8. Therefore for those who only have an advanced course (no crash course), the summer school starts on August 8.
To obtain the ECTS, a student has to get in total at least 60% of all available points which are being awarded for the following activities:
- attend all lectures (20 hrs. of WL / 1 pt. per hour, 20 in total)
- submit 4 homeworks (8 hrs. of WL / 2 pts. per homework, 8 in total)
- final exam (21 hrs. of WL / 22 pts.)
- final project (55 hrs. of WL / 50 pts.)
- Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (1996). Are humans good intuitive statisticians after all? Rethinking some conclusions from the literature on judgment under uncertainty. Cognition, 58(1), 1-73.
- Dawkins, R. (1988). The Blind Watchmaker. 1986. Harlow Logman.
- Dhami, S. (2016). The foundations of behavioral economic analysis. Oxford University Press.
- Dunbar, R., Barrett, L., & Lycett, J. (2005). Evolutionary psychology: a beginner's guide. Oneworld Publications.
- Harari, Y. N. (2014). Sapiens: A brief history of humankind. Random House. Chicago