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Barry F. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland,OR 97207-0751
phone (503) 725-3964
fax (503) 725-3904
andersonb@pdx.edu

Biography
Selected Publications
Classes Taught
Personal Decision Making

 

Classes Taught

Psy 300: Personal Decision Making

Instruction and practice in cognitive aides for improving intuitive and analytic thinking in making real-world decisions-creating new ideas, managing complexity, dealing with tradeoffs among conflicting goals, and choosing among alternatives whose outcomes are uncertain.

Psy 410: Meeting Conflict Creatively

Ways to achieve openness to the self, openness to the other, and openness to the problem in the resolution of conflicts. Methods for achieving openness to the self are based on personality theory; methods for achieving openness to the other are based on communication theory; and methods for achieving openness to the problem are based on decision theory. The methods are applied to actual conflicts during the course. Taught jointly with Larry Steward in Speech Communication.

Psy 491/591: Decision Making I

Values and choice. Normative models, descriptive models, and cognitive aids for structuring decision problems, evaluating consequences of alternative course of action, and choosing among alternatives. Prerequisites: Psy 300, Psy 348 or permission of instructor.

Psy 492/592: Decision Making II.

Judgment and Reasoning. Normative models, descriptive models, and cognitive aides for judgment and reasoning about probability, variation, covariation, and causality in anticipating the consequences of alternative courses of action. Prerequisite: Psy 491/591 or permission of instructor.

Psy 493/593: Decision Making Laboratory.

Practice in the application of material covered in Psy 491/591 and Psy 492/592. Prerequisites: Psy 491/591, Psy 492/592, and permission of instructor.

PSY 410/510: Meeting Conflict Creatively.

Instruction and practice in the application of methods for achieving opennes to the self, openness to the other, and openness to the problem in working toward the resolution of real-world conflicts.