You will learn how to think independently, how to be sceptical, and how to value data over personal experience.

The course is presented by the University of Queensland. It will familiarise you with the psychology of our everyday thinking and topics such as placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more. And if that doesn’t sound intriguing...!

About the course

The course will show you how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgement, and how we can make better decisions in our everyday lives. You will have the chance to use the scientific method to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we make irrational choices so often.

The instructors will provide you with tools to help you to think independently, to be sceptical, and to value data over personal experience. You will learn to rely on slow, effortful, deliberate, analytical and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional and stereotypical thinking.

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

Type of course: Self-paced

Duration: 12 weeks

Language: English

Instructors: Jason TangenMatthew Thompson,  Emma MacKenzie

Institution: The University of Queensland