*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

What Was I Thinking? - Decision Making and the Brain

Why do we sometimes make bad decisions? We like to think we use logic to decide what to do. However, research in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics suggests we're less rational than we think. We are subject to many mental limitations and traps. This course explores what really happens as we make decisions. Through film clips, exercises, case studies, and group discussion, we'll explore how our brains integrate reason and emotion. We'll examine the decision making biases that come with being human and the mental traps that can stand in our way. We'll also look at how groups can make bad decisions, and we'll identify steps individuals and groups can take to make better ones.

Instructor Bio:

Terry Newell currently teaches leadership, decision-making, and ethics courses for a variety of organizations. He is the former dean of the Federal Executive Institute and was director of the Horace Mann Learning Center, the training arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

Required Reading:

A short case study will be sent to participants prior to the first session of the course, and a small amount of reading material will be provided before each subsequent session. A bibliography will be provided during the course for those who wish to explore course topics further.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A402 Terry Newell Mar 22, 29, Apr 5 Th 9:30-11:30 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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