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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....
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Recommandé : 4 weeks of study; 3-4 hours/week

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English

Sous-titres : English, Ukrainian

Compétences que vous acquerrez

Decision-MakingCost–Benefit AnalysisData AnalysisStatistical InferenceSunk Costs
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

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Calendar

Dates limites flexibles

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Beginner Level

Niveau débutant

Clock

Recommandé : 4 weeks of study; 3-4 hours/week

Approx. 11 heures pour terminer
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English, Ukrainian

Programme du cours : ce que vous apprendrez dans ce cours

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Section
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Introduction

Individuals and cultures can make themselves smarter. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, people have become enormously smarter. The Information Age requires a brand-new set of skills involving statistics, probability, cost-benefit analysis, principles of cognitive psychology, logic and dialectical reasoning....
Reading
1 vidéo (Total 15 min), 3 lectures
Video1 vidéo
Reading3 lectures
Welcome Message and Course Principles from Professor Nisbett10 min
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Help us learn more about you!10 min
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1 heure pour terminer

Lesson 1: Statistics

Basic concepts of statistics and probability including the concepts of variable, normal distribution, standard deviation, correlation, reliability, validity, and effect size. Concrete examples are drawn from everyday life and show how the concepts can be used to solve ordinary problems....
Reading
2 vidéos (Total 29 min), 2 lectures, 1 quiz
Video2 vidéos
Introduction to Correlation16 min
Reading2 lectures
Interactive Activity10 min
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Lesson 1 Quiz18 min
Clock
1 heure pour terminer

Lesson 2: The Law of Large Numbers

How to think about events in such a way that they can be counted and a decision can be made about how much data is enough. You will learn about the concept of error variance and how it can be combatted by obtaining multiple observations. Your will learn that your judgments about people’s personalities are prone to serious errors that are largely avoided for judgments about abilities. And you will discover why it’s usually a mistake to interview job applicants. ...
Reading
2 vidéos (Total 27 min), 2 lectures, 4 quiz
Video2 vidéos
The Law of Large Numbers: Part 215 min
Reading2 lectures
Interactive Activity10 min
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pre-lecture Reflection Prompt5 min
Pre-lecture Quiz5 min
Lesson 2 Quiz12 min
Post-lecture Reflection Prompt5 min

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1 heure pour terminer

Lesson 3: Correlation

It can be extremely difficult to make an accurate assessment of how two variables are related to one another; prior beliefs can be more important than data in estimating the strength of a given relationship. You will learn simple tools to estimate degree of association. You will learn about the nature of illusory correlations and how to avoid them. You will learn about the concepts of confounded variable and self-selection error....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 25 min), 3 lectures, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
The Draw-a-Person Test4 min
Illusory Correlation6 min
Confounded Variables; Statistical Significance9 min
Reading3 lectures
Pre-lecture Activity10 min
Interactive Activity10 min
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Correlation Exercises10 min
Lesson 3 Quiz10 min
Clock
2 heures pour terminer

Lesson 4: Experiments

You will learn that correlations can only rarely provide conclusive evidence about whether one variable exerts a causal influence on another and why experiments provide far better evidence about causality than correlations. You will be shown how to conduct experiments in business settings and experiments on yourself. You will learn the distinction between within subject designs and between subject designs. You will learn about the concept of artifacts and some tricks for avoiding them. You will learn how to discover natural experiments....
Reading
3 vidéos (Total 42 min), 2 lectures, 1 quiz
Video3 vidéos
A/B Testing9 min
Experimental Design and Natural Experiments17 min
Reading2 lectures
Pre-lecture Activity5 min
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Lesson 4 Quiz26 min

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1 heure pour terminer

Lesson 5: Prediction

You will learn about the kinds of systematic errors we make when trying to predict the future. You will learn about regression to the mean and why you should assume that extreme values on a variable will be less extreme when next observed. You will learn how to think about observations in terms of true score plus error. You will learn about the concept of base rate and why it must be taken into account when estimating probabilities of specific events....
Reading
2 vidéos (Total 40 min), 2 lectures, 1 quiz
Video2 vidéos
Base Rate22 min
Reading2 lectures
Pre-lecture Question5 min
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Lesson 5 Quiz8 min
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1 heure pour terminer

Lesson 6: Cognitive Biases

We understand the world not through direct perception but through inferential procedures that we are unaware of. Our understanding of the world is heavily influenced by schemas or abstract representations of events. We are prone to serious judgment errors that can be avoided to a degree when we understand their basis. We make guesses about probability and causality by applying the representativeness heuristic based on similarity assessments which can be very misleading. We make judgments about frequency and probability by relying in part on the availability heuristic, judging things as frequent or probable to the degree that instances come readily to mind....
Reading
3 vidéos (Total 36 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Heuristics11 min
Fundamental Attribution Error; Confirmation Bias11 min
Reading1 lecture
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pre-lecture Quiz5 min
Lesson 6 Quiz22 min

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Lesson 7: Choosing and Deciding

How to conduct a cost-benefit analysis. Why you should throw the analysis away after doing it if the decision is personal and very important. How to avoid throwing good money after bad. How to avoid doing something that will prevent you from doing something more valuable. Why it can be expensive to try to avoid the possibility of loss. Why incentives can backfire....
Reading
3 vidéos (Total 38 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Sunk Costs10 min
Loss Aversion12 min
Reading1 lecture
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pre-lecture Activity5 min
Lesson 7 Quiz14 min
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1 heure pour terminer

Lesson 8: Logic and Dialectical Reasoning

The distinction between inductive logic and deductive logic. Syllogisms. Conditional reasoning. The distinction between truth of an argument and validity of an argument. The concepts of necessity and sufficiency. Venn diagrams. Common logical errors. When to avoid contradiction and when to embrace it, how to avoid undue certainty about judgments and decisions, and why attention to context rather than form is crucial for analysis of most real-world problems....
Reading
2 vidéos (Total 36 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video2 vidéos
Dialectical Reasoning16 min
Reading1 lecture
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Pre-lecture Quiz8 min
Lesson 8 Quiz20 min
Clock
16 minutes pour terminer

Conclusion

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Reading
1 vidéo (Total 6 min), 2 lectures
Video1 vidéo
Reading2 lectures
(Optional) Companion Readings from the Mindware book min
Post-course Survey10 min
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Meilleurs avis

par NPAug 7th 2017

A very good course prof Richard has explained very difficult to understand concepts in a very simple language and made it easy for students to grasp the subject matter easily.

par SNMay 27th 2017

Excellent! A very informative course delivered in a very effective manner. I would highly recommend this course to all who have any interest at all in critical thinking.

Enseignant

Richard E. Nisbett

Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor
Department of Psychology

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The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

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