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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....

Top reviews

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 Lee B C

Oct 1, 2020

Very informative and useful sharings from Professor


May 10, 2017

great course with worthwhile information....thanks.

By Kristi T

Dec 26, 2020

Great course, various necessary aspects explained.


Jul 9, 2020

Learned a lot. Great Course. Thank you so much.

By Zakhar B

Oct 2, 2017

An excellent course which can make you smarter.

By Rahul

Mar 31, 2018

Brilliant course and well taught by professor.

By Stamatis S

Jul 4, 2020

I have received a framework to check my ideas

By Serge K

Aug 21, 2017

I like the book and have enjoyed the course!

By J a

Jun 29, 2017

This course is exactly what we all need now!


Oct 30, 2020

Everything in this lesson is very helpful.

By Оля М

May 24, 2020

I like it. It's simple and informative.


Nov 4, 2020

I had a wonderful learning experience.

By Patrick K

May 8, 2021

An excellent and fascinating course!

By Karel S

Apr 16, 2020

Great course. Recommend to everyone.

By Radia A R

Sep 26, 2020

Very interesting and informative.

By Elena

Jul 25, 2020

Was useful and very interesting !

By Lejla V

Apr 27, 2020

Everyone should take this course!

By Linda D P

Sep 16, 2019

Informational short 4 week class

By Hugo P W d C

Sep 9, 2021

The rest of your life begins NOW

By Evangeline

Apr 3, 2019

very useful. Critical Thinking.

By Haider A

Oct 3, 2020

Interesting and useful course!

By Jamoladdin O

Jun 29, 2020

Good course, very informative.

By Jorge K

Aug 27, 2020

useful and practica knowledge

By Xoranty K f A

Jul 4, 2020

Thank you, professor Nisbett.


Jun 11, 2020

Highly useful tilps. Thanks.