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POLYS 103 September 5 Lecture 7Outline of Last Lecture I. Lower levels of analysisII. Intrest GroupsIII. Bureaucratic politics (theories)Outline of Current Lecture II. Physcology and ZombiesIII. Conformation biasIV. Prospect theoryV. SummaryCurrent Lecture1. Physcology and Zombies1. Individual1. Last theory argues that world politics happen the way they do because leaders vary in their individual psychology and thus different people will decide on different policies even if they all have the same information1. emotions play a big role in peoples decisions2. Conformation Bias- people keep information that confirms their beliefs and discard information that does against their beliefs1. Example: fundamental attribution errorgood things are attributed to people you like and bad things are attributed to people ( states) you don't likeThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.2. Prospect theory- people value possible gains and losses differently. People are less risky when considering gains and more risky when consideringlosses.1. The majority of people are illogical1. think differently about gains and lossespeople are more likely to do the sure thing (even if the risk is greater)2. Different choices if the perception is a gain or if it is a loss2. Summary1. Theories help us explain actual events 2. We can apply these theories to help us understand the workings of international relations3. Reason we have multiple theories is because we need them all-different ones for different scenarios These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a


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