A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior

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A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior

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This course will draw heavily on my own research, and pulls largely from my three books: [Predictably Irrational](http://www.amazon.com/Predictably- Irrational-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0061353248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13610 31703&sr=8-1&keywords=dan+ariely) (2008), [The Upside of Irrationality](http://www.amazon.com/The-Upside-Irrationality-Unexpected- Benefits/dp/0061995045/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1361031759&sr=8-6) (2010), and [The Honest Truth About Dishonesty](http://www.amazon.com/Honest- Truth-About-Dishonesty-Everyone---Especially/dp/0062183591/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8& qid=1361031810&sr=8-3&keywords=dan+ariely) (2012). We will examine topics such as our “irrational” patterns of thinking about money and investments, how expectations shape perception, economic and psychological analyses of dishonesty by honest people, how social and financial incentives work together (or against each other) in labor, how self-... This course will draw heavily on my own research, and pulls largely from my three books: [Predictably Irrational](http://www.amazon.com/Predictably- Irrational-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0061353248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13610 31703&sr=8-1&keywords=dan+ariely) (2008), [The Upside of Irrationality](http://www.amazon.com/The-Upside-Irrationality-Unexpected- Benefits/dp/0061995045/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1361031759&sr=8-6) (2010), and [The Honest Truth About Dishonesty](http://www.amazon.com/Honest- Truth-About-Dishonesty-Everyone---Especially/dp/0062183591/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8& qid=1361031810&sr=8-3&keywords=dan+ariely) (2012). We will examine topics such as our “irrational” patterns of thinking about money and investments, how expectations shape perception, economic and psychological analyses of dishonesty by honest people, how social and financial incentives work together (or against each other) in labor, how self-control comes into play with decision making, and how emotion (rather than cognition) can have a large impact on economic decisions. This highly interdisciplinary course will be relevant to all human beings. **The goals of this class:** 1. Introduce you to the range of cases where people (consumers, investors, managers, friends, significant others, and even you) might make decisions that are inconsistent with standard economic theory and the assumptions of rational decision making. This is the lens of behavioral economics. 2. Help you think creatively about the applications of behavioral economics to the development of new products, technologies and public policy, and to understand how business and social policy strategies could be modified with a deeper understanding of the effects these principles have on all of us.
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Patricio Abrín profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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7 years ago
I loved the class. Had no previous experience. I learned a lot about decision making, from a scientific point of view. The course exceeded my expectations. I liked everything. I disliked that I didn't know I needed 85% of all achievements to get a Statement of accomplishment, but anyways I got it. This was my first course, and it rocked. The staff is great, Dan Ariely is great, and the course was perfectly designed and taken care of during its unfolding. It was funny the way Dan obsessively applies the scientific method to his life. I'm not an english native-speaker, so I had to pause videos often and re-read a lot. Readings are especially time-consuming. I strongly recommend this course.
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7 years ago
The course was fun overall, I really liked it. I had read the books of Dan Ariely before and was curious to learn a bit more - I think I did. Still, I think it was too easy. Surely, reading all the papers was time-consuming, but in the end it was not difficult to complete the course. The only "unsafe" variable was the peer-review process because the guiding rubric was not specific enough in my humble opinion. Several students seemed to have made up their own criteria for grading. Anyway, thanks a lot!
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7 years ago
This was the best online course I have taken well structured and organized. Excellent production on videos and well present by Dan Ariely. A lot of time and effort as gone into this course by Dan and his team. I enjoyed it and learnt and gained a deeper insight why we behave so irrational.
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7 years ago
This was my first course in psychology and it has very much succeeded in creating a deep interest in the field. The instructor took a lot of efforts in making the course fun. An ideal model of how an online course should be. After completing the course I have learnt the preliminary biases that the brain has and how to see them in the world around us and apply it. A must do course I would say.
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7 years ago
Excellent class. The material presented was very interesting and representative of the field of study. The production of the videos was excellent. I was always left wanting more. The readings were for the most part great and taking most of the workload time. Also the time the team devoted to things like hangouts, fora and sharing extra materials provided a great experience.
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7 years ago
This is the first MOOC I have completed, and am I extremely happy with how this went. The bar of the course is quite high, as you need to score 85% and above to get a certificate of completion. To evaluate, I have broken down my assessment into sections: Course Information Everything was clear right from the start: objectives of the course, topics, assignments, grading system, schedules/deadlines, and expectations. One nifty thing I appreciated was you could download a calendar file which you can sync either with your Google calendar or iCal - different formats are available. Learning Materials Everything is uploaded in advance, so you can manage your own time if you want to. Most of the materials are readily available online for free by just clicking the link, while some require you to register to access the content for free. Video Lectures The videos were definitely made with so much thought and love. Don't expect a BTH (big talkin... This is the first MOOC I have completed, and am I extremely happy with how this went. The bar of the course is quite high, as you need to score 85% and above to get a certificate of completion. To evaluate, I have broken down my assessment into sections: Course Information Everything was clear right from the start: objectives of the course, topics, assignments, grading system, schedules/deadlines, and expectations. One nifty thing I appreciated was you could download a calendar file which you can sync either with your Google calendar or iCal - different formats are available. Learning Materials Everything is uploaded in advance, so you can manage your own time if you want to. Most of the materials are readily available online for free by just clicking the link, while some require you to register to access the content for free. Video Lectures The videos were definitely made with so much thought and love. Don't expect a BTH (big talking head) with Powerpoint slides on the side (like most MOOCs). They're shot in different settings, and the illustrations used were top-quality. Quizzes/Exam The quizzes were challenging enough. You are given 15 attempts, of which the highest score is recorded - this means that it is designed not only as an assessment tool, but as a learning tool as well. The final exam is similar in nature, although it is considered as a closed-book exam and you can only take it once. Staff Support The team was very accommodating and supportive, and they take the time to reply to relevant threads in the fora. They respond well to suggestions, and adjust accordingly. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone, as the material seems to be really targeted to a larger audience.
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Mario Gatara profile image
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7 years ago
The course opened a whole new world of behavioral economics for me. And with Dan Ariely at the helm, I can't even imagine the better way to start. It was a real fun taking the course, watching video lectures, answering quizes and (surely not the least) listening the jokes. Great experience ...
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7 years ago
An easy and super interesting course examining ecomonic-irrational biases. The course divided to 6 different subject, each is trying to explain human non- rational behaviour, answering on how and why those phenomenas happens. The course include rich, wide and up-to-date sources and unique and interesting learning method with good video lectures and supportive articles. I would highly reccomend to take this course to anyone who is interested in human behavior, money or both.
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7 years ago
Dan Ariely is an excellent professor. He can take complicated concepts and present them in a way that is accessible for the general public. This is my first MOOC course, and the bar has been set extremely high. I could not wait until the next set of video lectures were available. That is how good this course is.
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7 years ago
I really enjoyed taking this course. I´ve learned a lot, the lectues were very well presented and easy to understadn The aticles were also very interesting and were a big plus to the course. It was the frst course I really devoted my time to and I´m really glad with the results. I´ll continue my studies in this fild of knowledge due to this course. Strongly recomend everyone to take it.
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7 years ago
I took this course out of interest and somehow finished the whole 6 weeks lectures in a week of signing up. I loved the way it was delivered in a more informal way and by giving a lot of examples. The best thing I liked about it was that you can watch the videos anywhere anytime and you don't need to give your full concentration but can still grasp most of the information. Thanks Dan.
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7 years, 1 month ago
Week 6 is now in session. The course was very interesting and packed full of information. The video conferences have a lighter tone that the reading assignments but were pleasant to watch. The teacher is both fun and very interesting to listen to. It was whole in whole a great experience. This was a very complete course for those who played the full part that is videos, readings, quizzes, writing assignment. Also we took part in experiments which was fun. It was more than the few hours indicated at the beginning and quite hard for students with troubles in understanding English, especially the reading part. Doing things seriously, it took me around 15-20 hours (for week 3 with more than a hundred pages to read) and not 10 as indicated but still an excellent course.
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6 years, 9 months ago
For now course is okay. Lectures are interesting, and well paced, and there's a lot of additional sources. Only thing that bugs me a little is that it's style sometimes looks more like TV Show than course (For example those intros, and outros), but maybe I'm just not used to this format. Quizzes are okay, but they rely on quantity rather then quality. They're only one third of grade, but that's all I can review for now. There was a peer assignment and exam, but I didn't take them because lack of time. Discussion forum is good, there is a lot of help from staff, sometimes in form of screencast. But the worst thing is that they can easily claim that any of the flaws was just a social experiment, and get away with that. :) It's a good course, but not the best I've taken.
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