PSYCH 448 - Mathematical Psychology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, QR/2
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing or above and a minimum of two courses offered by either MATH (except MATH 105, 110, 127, and 128) or STATS (200 level and above).
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This advanced undergraduate seminar is aimed at an interdisciplinary audience — motivated and quantitatively sophisticated students are invited to examine the intriguing relationship between mind and mathematics. How does the mind create mathematical structures that describe not only the physical world but also itself? How can we ever understand mathematics and what is the nature of mathematical truth? Illustrative topics to be covered include:

  • Measurement theory (how numerical representations are constructed by the mind and how they are used in describing the mind, e.g. sensation);
  • Decision theory (how probability and uncertainty are quantified and how evidence and contextual knowledge are combined in making decisions);
  • Choice and aggregation (representation and measurement of individual preferences, and their aggregation within a group);
  • Game theory (formal models of reasonings about belief, desire, and intention in inter-personal social interactions);

Course Requirements:

Student assessment will be based on homework sets, a mid-term exam, a class project, and class participation.

Intended Audience:

It is strongly recommended that students electing the course have a solid mathematical/quantitative background. Students from outside of Psychology (Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Philosophy, Statistics) are encouraged and welcomed.

PSYCH 448 - Mathematical Psychology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: If you have taken a math class and a stats class, email for an override.
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