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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 Moldir B

Jul 6, 2020

I hope now I will do better decisions in terms of critical thinking

By Moweaqua O

Jun 29, 2020

Anyone should take this course, it applies to all aspects of life.

By Agostino P

Jun 16, 2019

Excellent! a must-do and mind-blowing course, suggested to anyone!

By Ajay R

Oct 3, 2020

High Utility

Well communicated (good stories)

practical concepts

By Sebastian G

Nov 9, 2020

Very well training. Organized and very clear. Great Instructor!

By Kang Z

Apr 28, 2017

Great course. Mini size but still can makes a change to you.

By Deleted A

Sep 21, 2020

One of the most important courses I've taken...on purpose.

By Hasan R C

Feb 16, 2019

Very helpful on decision making and statictical analysis.

By Ihor Y

Jun 14, 2019

Pretty good course. Showed me some errors I usually do.

By adrian e n

Jun 20, 2022

Excelente curso de introduccion al pensamiento critico

By Kurt H

Jun 4, 2020

It was very helpful and I learned a great deal. Bravo!

By coco.zhuhui

May 11, 2018

great course! I think it's very helpful in daily life.

By JoAnn G

Oct 19, 2020

Game changing course for me. Salamat po, Dr. Nisbett!

By Aleš T

Mar 21, 2020

Could be the most eye-opening course I have attended.

By Андрій І Г

Aug 14, 2020

Great course, very interesting. Professional teacher

By Manuel B A M

Dec 1, 2019

excelente, muy claro y preciso, sumamente practicio.

By Erika G

Jan 18, 2023

It was very interesting and helpful course. Thanks!

By Ashish J

Mar 25, 2021

it`s a great course, got some additional knowledge.

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.

By Theodor F

May 10, 2022

Teaches you skills to judge what you see, hear.


Jul 9, 2020

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

By Deleted A

Oct 2, 2017

An excellent course which can make you smarter.

By Ra S

Mar 31, 2018

Brilliant course and well taught by professor.