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Why People Believe Weird Things: Making Rational Decisions in an Irrational World - SPED102

This unit provides an introduction to why people make irrational decisions and how an understanding of the scientific process can assist making rational decisions in everyday life. The unit will include examination of flaws in human perception and cognitive biases, characteristics of pseudoscience as well as features and limitations of scientific approaches. Principles discussed in the unit will be illustrated with practical examples including paranormal claims, questionable educational interventions and dubious health claims. You will be equipped with tools to evaluate evidence, strengthen your reasoning and improve your decision making in both academic study as well as everyday life.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Greg Robertson



Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: Planet unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Educational Studies

Faculty of Human Sciences

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