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About the Course

Most professions these days require more than general intelligence. They require in addition the ability to collect, analyze and think about data. Personal life is enriched when these same skills are applied to problems in everyday life involving judgment and choice. This course presents basic concepts from statistics, probability, scientific methodology, cognitive psychology and cost-benefit theory and shows how they can be applied to everything from picking one product over another to critiquing media accounts of scientific research. Concepts are defined briefly and breezily and then applied to many examples drawn from business, the media and everyday life. What kinds of things will you learn? Why it’s usually a mistake to interview people for a job. Why it’s highly unlikely that, if your first meal in a new restaurant is excellent, you will find the next meal to be as good. Why economists regularly walk out of movies and leave restaurant food uneaten. Why getting your picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated usually means your next season is going to be a disappointment. Why you might not have a disease even though you’ve tested positive for it. Why you’re never going to know how coffee affects you unless you conduct an experiment in which you flip a coin to determine whether you will have coffee on a given day. Why it might be a mistake to use an office in a building you own as opposed to having your office in someone else’s building. Why you should never keep a stock that’s going down in hopes that it will go back up and prevent you from losing any of your initial investment. Why it is that a great deal of health information presented in the media is misinformation....

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Jul 28, 2019

This course is great! I recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to reason better and have more capabilities in making decisions. Thank you Dr. Nisbett and Coursera for providing this course.


Apr 7, 2020

Anyone beginner can take this course and be 100 times more understanding of information via any media while also perhaps understanding what is the best choice in some give scenario IRL.

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By Гаврилова Л

Feb 28, 2021

great course!

By Berathan B

Nov 23, 2020

thank you. :)

By Chingiz M

Sep 12, 2019

mind changing

By 孙超

Oct 8, 2018

it is amazing

By Alexandra Z

Jul 10, 2018

Great course!

By Manoj S

Jan 25, 2018

Crisp and fun

By Elena E

Jul 22, 2022

Great course

By Rachel

Mar 29, 2022

Great course

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Apr 28, 2020

great course

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Apr 10, 2020

great course

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Dec 30, 2021

Nice Course

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By Priyanka R

Jul 15, 2021

Very useful

By Nafisa S

Sep 7, 2020

loved it!!!

By Francisco H C

Mar 20, 2018

Very useful


Nov 8, 2021

very good

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Nov 2, 2020

very good

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Dec 26, 2019

very good

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By Vitalii R

May 26, 2020

Love it.

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Feb 12, 2023