What you will learn:
Even though far more people are killed by cows than sharks, they are not feared nearly as much. Why do we consistently underestimate how long it will take us to finish a project: from cleaning out the garage to filing taxes? Why do we rate foods that are 90% fat-free as healthier than those that are 10% fat? In this class, Catherine Sanderson will examine tools we use to make decisions, show how short-cuts in our thinking can lead to errors, and discuss strategies we can all use to overcome common cognitive errors.
About the instructor:
Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.
Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, as well as the Introduction to Psychology course for The Great Courses. She's also the author of a tradebook examining how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live (The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity). Her latest trade book, Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels, examines why good people so often stay silent or do nothing in the face of wrongdoing.
Professor Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the art of aging well, and the psychology of courage and inaction. These talks have been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Atlantic, CNN, and CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.
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