Course Detail

Current Topics in Behavioral Science II (38902)

Course Description by Faculty

  • McGill, Ann Todorov, Alexander
  • Content

    This is a graduate seminar for Ph.D. students interested in behavioral science. The course will be divided into two parts.

    The first part (taught by Professor Levine) will focus on charitable giving and prosocial behavior. We will cover topics such as the psychology of (in)effective altruism, the role of emotion and reason in prosocial behavior, how people judge others' prosocial behavior, and how incentives influence prosocial behavior. 

    The second part (taught by Professor Fishbach) will focus on motivation science. We will cover topics such as goal setting, monitoring progress and feedback, pursuing multiple goals (including self-control conflict) and the role of social support in goal achievement.

    Students are expected to read the assigned articles in advance, actively participate in class discussions, generate original research ideas, and, provide critical and constructive comments on classmates’ research ideas. The main purpose of this course is to stimulate research, and as part of this class you will be asked to develop two mini research projects that will be presented to class and submitted as short papers. One mini project should be related to the topics covered in the first half of the class and the second to the second half of the class. In each project you should propose an experiment (complete with details) that you could conduct.

    • Discussion

  • Prerequisites
    Admitted to the PhD program or consent of instructor.
    • PhD - students only

  • Materials
    Readings will be from articles to be assigned in class.
  • Grades
    Based on class participation, class presentation, and writings/research paper(s). No provisional grades.
    • Graded homework assignments

    • Graded attendance/participation

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2023Section: 38902-50W 3:00PM-6:00PMHarper Center3B - Seminar RoomIn-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: June 8 2022