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A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior

Dan Ariely Duke University @Coursera
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 8 weeks
Approximate Workload: 7-10 hours/week
Certificate: Yes
Level: beginner
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In this course we will learn about some of the many ways in which people behave in less than rational ways, and how we might overcome these problems.
Categories: [Finance and Economics]

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-02-16
Super course! It debunks the theory that Economics is a science. So far I just knew formula-based economics theories, that fail when test in the real life. This course is about alternatives. Dan observes how people actually act and why, offers interesting solutions, and demonstrates it in charismatic way:)

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-05-20
Really good material, lots to learn for everyday life and corporate life too. Really interesting lectures, a well planned package successfully put together with a lot of effort, topped by the charismatic Dan Ariely himself. If all learning was dished out in this way - wouldn't it be wonderful...

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-05-20
Fantastic experience. Dr. Ariely is a great lecturer and he and his assistants did an excellent job in putting together an enjoyable and educational experience. The material was fascinating, the readings were relevant (if at times quite technical) and the videos were easy to follow and understand. This was my first Coursera course and it has certainly set a very high standard.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-05-19
I love this course. I learned a lot of new and amazing things in the course. The video lectures were of great quality. I found it very easy to follow the video lectures. The professor made them amazingly simple and easy to understand even for a person who is not good at English like me. But it was very hard for me when it came to reading. There were a lot of required reading materials and they were too academic for me. :) The writing assignment was evaluated by 3 peers and was worth 1/3 of the final grade. That seemed to be a problem for some students as they suffered from unfair grading. But that could be changed in the future as students have made many suggestions to improve it.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-06-18
The best class in Coursera, and a little bit funny too!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-06-06
A very informative class. It is fun to listen to Professor Dan, and the course is extremely useful to understand our own irrational behavior and a lot of other useful things.
This course has certainly helped me a lot. I've used some lessons I learned from this course in my real life, and it has helped me work towards my long term goals (especially reward substitution and ulysses contracts).
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and human nature in general, all the biases we have, how we can identify them, and systematically reduce their effects on our lives.
Thank you Professor Dan for this wonderful course!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-21
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.
Thank you, Ariely for this "gift"!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-20
Awesome course! It exceeded my expectations and I learned so much.
They should teach this stuff in high school. All humans will benefit from learning this material.
Take this course!!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-20
I enjoyed taking this class and recommend it for anyone who is interested in social economics. I had read all of Dr. Ariely's books previously, as well as, other books on the subject and found the pace of the class and the material to be very manageable. The readings were pretty hard-core academic, but the quizzes were not difficult. I was able to ace many of them without doing the readings. I don't say that to brag, but to point out that the quizzes just weren't that challenging. I did not do any of the writing assignments for the class and regret not doing it. I think it would have made the class even better for me. To cut off the rambling and sum up, Dr. Ariely has done some fascinating research and this is a great way to learn about it form him.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-19
Very well done! Interesting!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-17
The best course I've ever taken -- in any subject. I joined on a whim, and buy was I in for a ride. If you have even the slightest interest in human behavior (and irrationality) I strongly suggest joining this course, even just watching the videos will give you so much!

I'm not the "reviewer" type at all, but I feel a responsibility towards Ariely, for all he's given -- while I've paid exactly nothing for the experience.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-13
absulutely interesting, practical knowledge presented by very open minded and experienced guy. Totally recommended!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-13
Dan is good in explaining thing

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-12
very good

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-12
Fun, practical, interesting class. Highly recommended for everyone over 18+ :) ... For those teenagers .. some part of the class might be too shocking for you.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-12
This was an excellent class, with engaging videos and much support available.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-12
Great learning experience!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-12
If you only take one class on line this is the one. Fun and informative. Dan is super-dan.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-12
This course is amazing. To get your certificate you need to study and read the material. Dan makes the course funny, but it is not easy to finish

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-11
Amazing class! Owesome teacher! Love it!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-11
Very interesting!!!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-10
You will learn a lot from this class!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-10
One of the most enjoyable free course offered.
Very beneficial to anybody interested in Economy

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-10
Really good.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-09
excellent course.
Content and materials (videos, papers, exercises) well prepared,

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David Andrusko (Bratislava, Slovakia) , 2014-05-09
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.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
excellent presentation
a lot of practical facts
humour

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
Much better than expected

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
Fascinating course. It has affected how I respond to the news and other events in everday life. I have a new lens through which to view the world. I'd love to know more and hope Dan will offer an advanced course on the topic. My only regret - b/c of time and data limitations I was only able to watch the videos and do the readings and the quizzes. I would have like to be more of a roomba than a sponge.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
Great class !

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
Awesome. It's so good that I will repeat this class just because I signed up late for a couple weeks.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
This was my first MOOC. I found Dan Ariely to be a very persuasive and engaging speaker and a great introduction to behavioral economics. I found the course guidelines on workload understated the workload. I was aiming for the Statement of Completion with distinction, which is the "highest" workload path. There is a pre-course week and I spent an average of 11 hours/week to cover the required material (lectures, quizes, reading, videos). It took me another 9 hours/week average to cover off work involved in the additional 2 written assignments revision and exam for the distinction path. I never did get to read the optional material. On reflection, I probably spent more time than necessary coming up to speed with research writing techniques and experiment design to support the two written assignments.

I have learned an extraordinary amount and I value that learning. The Coursera MOOC works very well. Dan and Aline provide great seed material to kick off classes and support students. The Community TA's work very well. There were no technical glitches accessing material from Australia.

I recommend this course to all- just allocate enough time to cover it at the level that suits your objectives.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-08
The video lectures are amazingly engaging and applicable to every day life. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and recommend it to anyone.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
This is the first MOOC that I have participated in. 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.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
This course is excellent in both contents and delivery. I'm even thinking of repeating it! (or continue with the subject)
Thank you Dan!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
I found the materials well organized and entertaining. Thank you, Dan for creating an environment that allowed me to learn and enjoy the course at the same time.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
Ariely is a genius at recognizing and analyzing our non-rational behaviors and at devising experiments to elucidate them.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
I found myself straying from class do to my ADD. So much information coming to me all at once and it made me feel intimidated and hard to retain all the information. I dropped out when it got closer to the writing assignment . I enjoyed what part I did participate in very much.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
An excellent course! High-quality, interesting, entertaining! Go for it, if it is available again!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
Excellent course!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
I am a college prof and teach online myself, so I was especially impressed with the set up and video production quality.

My only issue is that the title of the course itself does not really do justice to talking others into the course. This is a course I can literally recommend to anyone! Hard to imagine anyone not finding this fascinating, regardless of their profession or goals.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
Amazing course. IWhy people do what they do and why. Easy to watch and listen to, Dan Ariely is a brilliant lecturer and the material is interesting but easy to follow with plenty of extra content should you want it.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-07
Excellent class. Very informative. Lectures are interesting and enjoyable to watch. This course stimulates me to observe and try to understand the behavior of myself and people around me in my daily life. I have learnt a lot. Thanks Dr Ariely and his team for creating this class.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-06
great!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-06
Interesting and enjoyable

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-06
Lots of great information. For an online course it was pretty hard, but I liked it.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-06
Great class!!!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-06
Cool~

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-05-06
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 provdies 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.

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Ilan Aisic , 2014-05-06
Simply one of the best courses that I've ever taken!

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