Class information

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Institution Duke University
Code N/A
Language English
Next session To be announced
Estimated workload 7-11 hours/week
Level N/A
Categories Social Sciences
Health & Society
Economics & Finance
Business & Management
Humanities
Instructors Dan Ariely

Sessions

Start date Duration
Past March 11, 2014 8 weeks
Past March 25, 2013 8 weeks

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Description

This course will draw heavily on my own research, and pulls largely from my three books: Predictably Irrational (2008), The Upside of Irrationality (2010), and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty (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 ...

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Prerequisites

Curiosity about human nature.

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65 posts

  • Carolyn P
    Written 2 years, 6 months agoFeatured
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    This course is superb! Dan Ariely and his team are passionate about this topic - and it shows. Dan is a great speaker, funny and engaging. The examples apply to many facets of life. Dan and his team engage the learners as partners to learn together. The readings are fascinating and guest speakers add greatly to the experience.

    In order to gain the most from this course, I found I needed to allow for 4-6 hours per week for reading and videos. The time investment was completely worth it.

    I highly recommend this course!
  • Steve Walter
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Of the nine Coursera courses I have taken, this was by far the best. The course provides an excellent overview of behavioral economics and decision making. The material is interesting. The lecturer is engaging and the video lectures are well organized with an incredible amount of production value. The course also provides access to the actual journal articles, which details the research discussed in the lecture. Thus, I now have a comprehensive library of reference material on behavioral economics. I high recommend this course.
  • Giuliana Andrade
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Reasonably Easy
    Successfully Completed
    Absolutely outstanding! For the first time I actually re-watched a few classes and saved all videos in hope of watching it again in a few years as a refreshment. Had I attended this course before, it would have saved me years of research and studies trying to gain understanding and depth in the field of economy, marketing and psychology. Incredibly value adding to any marketing professional, psychologist, managers and enriching to any individual personally. Fun, brilliant and concise: a rare mix.
    Thank you, Ariely for this "gift"!
  • Edna
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Hard
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    My first ever MOOC and I am blown away! This is an amazing course. The material is fascinating and Dan Ariely is just fantastic.
    My only complaint would be that the course was too short. I would have enjoyed more lectures and topics from Dan and his team at Duke.
    Hope there will be an advanced course offered one day.
  • Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Hard
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Terrific

    One of the most enjoyable free course offered.
    Very beneficial to anybody interested in Economy.
  • David
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Hard
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    I liked the class a lot. Not only is doing this course a much better option than vegging out in front of the TV watching HBO, but all the readings, examples and research demonstrated in the class will definitely help you make wiser decisions in the future as well as further your career.

    Understanding your colleagues' and clients' thinking a little bit more is crucial. The class will help you learn about motivation, the psychology of money, emotions and making decisions in life. I will definitely take it again, if there is such an opportunity.
  • Savitha Rengabashyam
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    The course is an absolutely interesting, engaging and well run one. Dan's lectures are extremely well done and it helps understand concepts very easily. His engaging style makes one want to learn more.

    the course material, assessments, the discussions are all very well organized. Dan and the team interact with the participants a lot and make sure every last detail is taken care of.

    I will surely want to take another course offered by Dan!
  • Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Reasonably Easy
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    A thoroughly engaging, entertaining, and interesting course. The course materials guide us through how we make decisions, and the mistakes that we make in doing so.

    Dan presents the course material in a lighthearted manner, and it's very easy to get caught up in his passion for the subject matter.

    The course includes lectures, readings, taking part in fun experiments, some written assignments, weekly tests and a final exam at the end of the course. The course forums are fun and informative, and the course staff, including Dan Ariely, take a very active role in communicating with students.

    This course encourages you to think about decisions and how they are made, and shows alternative ways of looking at things in order to make better decisions. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in human behaviour and psychology.

    Overall, this course is an excellent learning opportunity for anyone.
  • Fred
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Good
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed
    Great course !
  • Abe
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Audited
    Awesome class. Excellent teacher's involvement. Will repeat this class just because I signed up a couple weeks late if professor Ariely would offer it again in the future
  • Niki
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    This is the first MOOC that I have participated in; I took the distinction certificate route. I had no prior experience in this subject, but the videos were really accessible and fun and so lack of previous knowledge did not hinder my progress. I found the course fascinating and it genuinely has had a huge impact on my life as I now have more awareness and understanding of why I do what I do (and also why others do what they do!) and I can apply the knowledge I have gained to improve my circumstances. I highly recommend this course.
  • Student
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    An excellent course! Go for it if it is available again, and you will not regret it!
  • popolvar
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    It was an Excellent course both from the perspective of content and presentation.

    The course will reveal flaws in basic human intuitions and will likely change the way You view the world. Thus it should be interesting for a broad audience. Additionally it provides You with some basic mechanisms how to compensate for those flaws and links You with a lot of related research. In fact I have joined twitter specifically to follow the latest research in Professors Ariely group in general and Behavioural Economy in particular.

    The Lecturer made an effort to present the material in a light weight and entertaining way, yet provided lot additional material in forms of readings, recommended readings, guest lectures for people interested in more in depth study. The office hours very used well to react on student opinions and provided a connection of the discussed principles to daily life problems (office hours from the last Year were also provided).

    The student community was very nice and active, both in the discussions groups and Facebook page of the group.

    The course also comes with a distinction track, in which students can propose a solution to a problem and design an experiment, both of which are peer reviewed. I haven't participated in the distinction track but I believe it would be very rewarding, albeit also quite time consuming.
  • AMS
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed
    Fabulous course. Interesting, engaging, motivating. Cannot rate this course and Dan's unflagging enthusiasm highly enough. Didn't want this course to end. Only downside is that it has spoiled me for further MOOCs, this one could not be bettered.
  • Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Hard
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    This was a fascinating course on irrational behaviour by Dan Ariely (world leader in researching irrational behaviour) and a fantastic learning opportunity. I liked that there were two routes to certification (normal and distinction). There was also a good combination of video lectures, quizzes and scientific research papers. Great course, would definitely recommend to anyone interested in UX, media, Psychology, irrationality or human behaviour!
  • Massimo
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Extremely interesting and stimulating. Great fun thanks to Dan great humanity and ability to engage. Very well organized reading, thoughts provoking and mind opening …
    I definitely recommend it to everyone interested in a great and engaging MOOC experience!
    I hope Dan will deliver a follow up course where all what we’ve learned in this course form the basis for a structured approach to Behavioral Economics, I will definitely follow it!
  • Rob Mousley
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    One of the most thought provoking, interesting and fun courses I've ever done.

    Dan Ariely is an excellent lecturer and has a talented team around him who created challenging but entertaining and amusing material.

    Very highly recommended.
  • Stella
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Greate, interesting and helpful
  • forkush
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Excellent
  • Lykke Andersen
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    This is the best course I have ever taken, online or offline, for over 40 years. Technically, the course was extremely well executed, with many different levels of engagement depending on each student's time and capacity. I found the course totally delightful and even exhilarating. What I particularly liked about the course was: 1) The humorous and personal style of Dan Ariely, making it a very personal experience despite the enormous size of the class. It is obvious that he has put a tremendous effort into creating this course, and that he has an amazing support team that totally adores him; 2) The fact that the course material challenges everything I have ever learned (I am an economist), thus constantly surprising and testing me; 3) The amazing quantity and variety of additional material and activities both before, during and after the course, such as enrolling interested students as Smartphone Scientists and sending them on a number of missions that form part of various behavioral economics experiments.
  • Zahiah
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Excellent course. Dan is very engaging, making the videos easy to follow and a joy to watch. Dan has the exceptional ability of delivering complex ideas in a manner that makes it easy for anyone to understand.
  • Jennifer
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Easy
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Overall the course is awesome and just fun to take. It helps you to understand more of your own behavior, what kind of tricks you can use to motivate yourself (and others, might be team members, family, friends, etc.) and keep you going or to spend your money more "rationally" or to reflect on how you see sex and much more... and of course, it also gives you a lot of information to understand others and get the best out of them.
    * 3 to 4 hours (maybe less) is just the time you need to keep on track but it's a lot more profitable if you can get an extra couple of hours to engage in additional (optional) content and spaces (like forums).
    ** The course is AWESOME!
  • B.L. Smith
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Good
    Difficulty: Reasonably Easy
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    This was a very interesting and informative course. The presentation was very well done and done in such a way that it was entertaining as well as educational.

    Am planning to read Dan's books and would take a follow-up course if it was offered.
  • Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Good
    Difficulty: Reasonably Easy
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Dan is a fantastic lecturer and a grand personality. BGIB was the first Coursera course I ever took. I did not successful complete it b/c I didn't understand how to use the site and find the assignments. I retook it this year and completed it with distinction. It was shorter and included less material. I can only assume that was b/c the class was sooooo much work for them all last year. This year was easier but no less fun. I was disappointed with the wording of the SOA, it seemed to mock the whole endeavour, but the information from the course and the interaction with classmates were wonderful. I highly recommend BGIB! Just don't believe Dan when he promises a cert you'll be proud to show your friends.
  • Sveta
    Written 2 years, 10 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed
    everyone should know it

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