Course Detail

Tools of Thought (38921)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Mullainathan, Sendhil
  • Content

    This course will explore "tools" that improve how we think.  The word “tools” is used broadly to include mental software (frameworks and insights people may have had) as well as computational tools. The kind of thinking we will focus on is real world phenomena, ranging from how we behave in social settings to how we make judgments. Most of the class will focus on interventions that appear to change how people reason about their own minds and the minds of others (including cognitive behavioral therapy). It will be participatory and experiential: students will attempt to learn new tools of thought and apply them throughout the week between sessions. So at the end, students will have not just an abstract understanding of what we know about tools of thought, but an intimate one. 

    Note that the syllabus provided on this page is a draft document; the final syllabus will be uploaded and distributed at a later date.

  • Prerequisites
    This course is available to students by application only. For consideration, please fill out the application questionnaire [] before 5pm on Sunday, March 12. Students will be notified of their application decision by Sunday, March 19.
    • Strict Prerequisite

    • Application-based course

  • Grades
    • Allow Provisional Grades (For joint degree and non-Booth students only)

    • Early Final Grades (For joint degree and non-Booth students only)

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2023Section: 38921-50M 3:00PM-6:00PMHarper Center3B - Seminar RoomIn-Person Only
Description and/or course criteria last updated: February 28 2023