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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 29, 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 08, 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 Olha-Ivanna M

May 25, 2020

I like it. It's simple and informative.

By Karel S

Apr 16, 2020

Great course. Recommend to everyone.

By Lejla V

Apr 27, 2020

Everyone should take this course!

By Linda D P

Sep 16, 2019

Informational short 4 week class

By Evangeline

Apr 04, 2019

very useful. Critical Thinking.

By Jamoladdin O

Jun 29, 2020

Good course, very informative.

By Xoranty K f A

Jul 04, 2020

Thank you, professor Nisbett.

By A K P

Jun 11, 2020

Highly useful tilps. Thanks.

By Nanika

Mar 16, 2020

This course was very good

By Иванов Н И

May 18, 2020

Interesting and usefull!

By Marc M Y

Dec 27, 2018

Extremely Insightful!

By Siam S

Apr 30, 2020

a must-have course!

By Bhargav M

Aug 23, 2019

An excellent course

By sun x

Sep 18, 2017

very useful! THX!!!

By Andrey A

Aug 17, 2017

Jolly good classes

By Musallam S A M

Mar 20, 2017

Really Good Course

By Areo B

Jun 08, 2020

Wonderful course!

By Sania N A

Jul 10, 2018

excellent course!

By Elena S

May 06, 2020

Excellent course


Jan 19, 2019

It was wonderful

By Katarzyna P

Jan 04, 2020

Was worth it!!

By Chingiz M

Sep 12, 2019

mind changing

By 孙超

Oct 08, 2018

it is amazing

By Alexandra Z

Jul 10, 2018

Great course!

By Manoj S

Jan 25, 2018

Crisp and fun