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Cognitive Biases and Critical Thinking for Executives

Covering the usual fallacies, biases and problems in executive thinking and behavior.

4.65 / 5.0
4320 students1 hours 34 minutes

Created by Vasco Patrício, offered on Udemy

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In this course, we will cover the usual cognitive biases, fallacies, and other errors and distortions in human behavior and thinking, and their applications in an executive context.

These can be caused by external triggers, skewed perceptions, other people, and/or many other triggers. Although it's not always easy to simply "fix" these biases, a thorough understanding of them is the first step to changing perception and behavior.

You will learn about both frequent and unknown/obscure biases including:
- Loss aversion;
- Time discounting, baseline discounting, symbol grounding and symbol dependence;
- Motivated reasoning, confirmation bias, negative attribution and many other biases related to emotion;
- Perceived depth and effort manipulation, simplicity and triviality biases, and more;
- Salience effects, the peak-end effect, and others;
- The focusing illusion and affluent pressure;
- Anchoring, framing and context manipulation;

... As well as many others, and how they apply in a corporate and executive context.

The course is presented in a reference guide format. In short, lessons are not sequential or dependent. You can take any specific section and watch it, and the contents will be encapsulated. But naturally, for someone watching the whole course in one go, things will be sequential and ordered. By the time you're done, you'll be an expert on all things cognitive biases.

If this seems the course for you, let's begin!

What you will learn

  • You'll learn how to identify and address the most common cognitive biases in executive situations
  • You'll learn how to avoid - or at least mitigate - yourself falling into these traps
  • You'll learn about basic mental patterns and biases that are found in multiple situations, and how they are manipulated
  • You'll get to know examples of how these biases can be used by different people, for different purposes, and how it works as a process


  • You don't need any prior knowledge (a knowledge of persuasion or psychology helps, naturally, but is NOT required)
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  • Price: $64.99
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 1 hours 34 minutes
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bestcourses score: 6.4/10

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