Rational Choice and Social Psychology: Theory and Applications

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 27 (Main Building)
RC45 Rational Choice (host committee)

Language: English

This session investigates how rational choice theory contributes to the study of human psychology. Human psychology here includes happiness, trust, opinions, emotions, social norms, class identification, cultural differences, and romance. 
Aristotle regarded happiness (eudaimonia) as the highest virtue (arete) of human kind. Bentham argued that a society should pursue “the greatest happiness of the greatest number.” Yet it has been pointed out that monetary growth does not imply happiness (called the paradox of happiness or Easterlin paradox). 
Therefore our subjective states are not directly connected to objective conditions. This is why we need a powerful theoretical framework on social psychology. Rational choice theory can be a good candidate. To widen frontiers, topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Theoretical approaches (such as concepts, formal models, history) 
  • Methodological approaches (measurement, statistical models) 
  • Empirical approaches (case studies, survey and experimental analyses, comparative studies)
Session Organizer:
Jun KOBAYASHI, Seikei University, Japan
A Bayesian Model of Image of Societal Distribution
Atsushi ISHIDA, Osaka University of Economics, Japan
A Model of Zero Price Effect with Prospect Theory
Hiroshi HAMADA, Tohoku University, Japan
Why Do Happiness and Satisfaction Not Coincide? a Rational Choice Approach to Social Psychology
Carola HOMMERICH, Hokkaido University, Japan; Jun KOBAYASHI, Seikei University, Japan
Rationality As Mental Representation: Decision-Making at the Cross-Roads
Alexandra GHEONDEA ELADI, Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romania
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