Master Cognitive Biases and Improve Your Critical Thinking

Upgrade Your Mindware! Master Cognitive Biases and Learn New Strategies to Improve the Quality of Your Thinking
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

Critical thinking is one of the most important skills anyone can learn. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to the cutting edge of critical thinking education, with this entertaining and enlightening introduction to cognitive biases and their importance for critical thinking. 

Interest in Cognitive Bias Training Has Exploded

Books and articles on the impact of cognitive biases in business, finance, management, teaching, science, politics, and many other fields, have exploded in popularity in recent years. Many industries have started offering cognitive bias training to management and workers, and the trend is growing. 

Benefits of Understanding and Mastering Cognitive Biases 

Cognitive biases undermine critical thinking by making us vulnerable to faulty beliefs and bad decisions. Cognitive bias training is motivated by a desire to avoid disasters, improve performance, and promote social justice. 

The good news is that there are proven strategies for neutralizing or minimizing the negative effects of cognitive biases. These "debiasing" techniques can be surprisingly simple and effective. 

What You Will Learn in This Course

This course will get you up to speed on what cognitive biases are, why they're important for critical thinking, why cognitive bias training has become popular, and what sorts of "debiasing" techniques have been shown to be effective in improving the quality of thinking and decision-making.

Check out the free preview videos in the "Getting Started" section for a full breakdown of the topics covered in the course, and how the course is organized!

What are the requirements?

  • Students do not need any special background to benefit from this course. Just a willingness to think, learn and discuss!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what cognitive biases are and why they're so important for critical thinking.
  • Understand the concept of "mindware" as a component of improving critical thinking and reasoning.
  • Understand how ignoring cognitive biases can open the door to disastrous decisions, reduced performance and social injustice.
  • Understand why many businesses and industries are offering cognitive bias training to their managers and employees.
  • Be able to describe several important cognitive biases -- such as confirmation bias, pattern-seeking, anchoring, and hindsight bias -- and give examples that illustrate how they operate.
  • Understand what "debiasing" is, and be able to describe several effective strategies for reducing the harmful effects of cognitive biases.
  • Explain why many businesses and organizations resist implementing debiasing strategies.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is interested in improving their critical thinking skills.
  • Anyone who wants to learn about what psychology has taught us about human judgment and decision-making over the past forty years.
  • Anyone working in business or other organizations who wants to improve the quality of thinking and decision-making in their organization.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started
Welcome to the Course!
Preview
00:40
Who is Kevin deLaplante?
Preview
04:53
What Will I Learn in This Course?
Preview
03:50
Section 2: What is a Cognitive Bias?
What is a Cognitive Bias?
Preview
01:37
"Biased" does NOT mean "Prejudiced" or "Bigoted"
Preview
01:11
An Example: The Gambler's Fallacy
Preview
02:33
The Most Important Discovery of Modern Psychology
Preview
03:04
Section 3: Cognitive Biases and Their Importance for Critical Thinking
A Central Aim of Critical Thinking
01:18
"Mindware": Tools for Smart Thinking
07:01
Section 4: Why Are So Many Industries Offering Cognitive Bias Training To Their Employees?
Why is Everyone Talking About Cognitive Biases?
02:04
Reason 1: Avoiding Disasters
05:55
Reason 2: Improving Performance
Preview
06:21
Reason 3: Promoting Social Justice
08:00
All of This is Just APPLIED CRITICAL THINKING
01:37
Section 5: A Gentle Introduction to Cognitive Biases
There Are Hundreds of Cognitive Biases
02:44
We'll Look at FOUR in Detail
00:42
Section 6: (1) Confirmation Bias
What is Confirmation Bias?
01:01
Biased Memory and the Lunar Effect
Preview
03:11
Biased Search for Information (I): Interviews and Framing Effects
04:27
Biased Search for Information (II): How Questions Can Manipulate Memory
02:57
Biased Interpretation of Information: Mulder, Scully and Giant Alien Spiders
04:41
Section 7: (2) Pattern Seeking
We're Very Good at Seeing Patterns ... Maybe Too Good
00:48
We See Faces Everywhere: Why?
01:27
Cognitive Biases and Adaptive Shortcuts
04:50
Stairway to Heaven, Britney Spears, and Backmasking
Preview
09:37
Looking for Meaning in German Carpet Bombing Patterns
02:25
Section 8: (3) The Anchoring Effect
What is the Anchoring Effect?
00:42
How Much is This Jacket Really Worth?
02:46
The Basic Shortcut: "Anchor and Adjust"
02:00
Irrelevant Anchors: Judges Literally Roll Dice on Damages
02:24
How to Use Anchoring to Manipulate Public Opinion
02:08
Section 9: (4) Hindsight Bias
What Is Hindsight Bias?
01:18
How Hindsight Bias is Demonstrated
03:32
Hindsight Bias, 9-11 and Earthquake Prediction
04:51
Section 10: Introduction to Debiasing Strategies
Debiasing Strategies: Overview
Preview
00:47
What is Debiasing?
00:43
Debiasing the Decision-Maker
01:49
Debiasing the Environment
Preview
03:22
Section 11: Why Businesses Often Resist Debiasing
Five Reasons Why Businesses May Resist Debiasing
05:10
We Have a BLIND SPOT When It Comes to Our Own Biases
03:12
Section 12: Debiasing Strategies that Work
The General Problem: Narrow Thinking
02:03
(1) Consider the Opposite
01:57
(2) Make People Accountable
Preview
01:50
(3) PREMORTEM Analysis
02:53
(4) The Value of Checklists
02:47
(5-1) The Benefits and Risks of Group Decision-Making
01:48
(5-2) The Debiasing Effects of Diversity
03:50
(5-3) How to Get the Most Out of Brainstorming
02:42
Section 13: Wrapping Up
What's Next?
02:27
Bonus Lecture: Other Courses I Teach and Services I Offer
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Instructor Biography

Kevin deLaplante, PhD, Lead Instructor, Critical Thinker Academy

I'm a philosopher of science by training, and I've taught philosophy and critical thinking at the university level for twenty years.

From 2009-2013 I was Chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Iowa State University.

In 2015 I left my tenured academic job to pursue a career as an independent online educator. I produce video tutorial courses on topics in science, philosophy, critical thinking and communication skills.

I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with my wife and family.

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