Last updated : 20 Oct 2016

The Science of Everyday Thinking. Learn how to think better, argue better, and choose better.

Summary

We will explore the psychology of our everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgments, and how we can make better decisions. We?ll discuss and debate topics such as placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more.

Programme

This course will explore everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgements, and how we can make better decisions.

Structure of the course

Episode 1 - A taste

Episode 2 - Illusions

Episode 3 - Know thyself?

Episode 4 - Intuition and rationality

Episode 5 - Learning to learn

Episode 6 - The experiment

Episode 7 - Finding things out

Episode 8 - Extraordinary claims

Episode 9 - Health claims

Episode 10 - Applied thinking

Episode 11 - Exploit the situation

Episode 12 - Change the world

Learning outcomes

  • The scientific method and its use in everyday life
  • Tools for improving your everyday thinking
  • Tips and tricks for changing people’s minds
  • Techniques for learning and retaining information longer
  • How to distinguish fact from fiction

 

Teaching-Learning methodology

Course based on:transmission of contents through video, documents quizzes (ten multiple choice questions based on the videos)discussion among the participants individual ‘homework’ (participants share a video or photo)

Assessment

The learning outcomes are evaluated by tests.At the end of each episode is quiz (ten multiple choice questions) based on the videos. The final exam” is in Episode 12 based on all of the material in the course.Final grade in the course will depend on: taking part in the discussion, completing the surveys, uploading assignments, the results of all quizzes and the final exam.To earn a certificate - an overall score of at least 65%. Certificate (99$)

  • Soft skills Learning to learn
  • Language English
  • Other languages (eg. Subtitles) no other languages
  • Period of activation Self-paced
  • Date Unknown
  • Duration 12 weeks
  • Level of commitment required 2 hours per week
  • Cost Free MOOC, Paying certification * See platform for details
  • Providing institution The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Mooc Platform edx
  • Target group Course o is open to anyone - don’t need any previous education or experience.
  • Instructor Jason Tangen, Matthew Thompson, Emma MacKenzie
  • Level of assistance offered Availability of tutorsPossibility of discussion among the participants
  • Keywords Critical thinking, techniques for learning, learning to learn