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The Science of Everyday Thinking, University of Queensland Free Course

The University of Queensland is offering a free online course to learn every day think. This is a self-development course and all students can be benefited by learning a new way of thinking.

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.

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You will use the scientific method to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. You will begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking.

We will provide tools for how to think independently, how to be sceptical, and how to value data over personal experience. We will examine the mental shortcuts that people use and misuse, and apply this knowledge to help make better decisions and improve critical thinking.

Brief Details

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Effort: 2 hrs/week
  • Price: FREE
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  • Institution: UQx
  • Subject: Business & Management
  • Level: Introductory
  • Languages: English
  • Video Transcripts: English

What you’ll learn

  • 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


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