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New to Daily Bits Of? In this collection, you’ll find our ten most popular free courses. They cover topics like stress management, communication skills, and behavioral economics. No matter what course you choose to start with you are guaranteed to gain a deeper understanding of human behavior.

10 courses

Courses in this collection:

  • 1

    Your Learning Brain

    Nothing but the facts on how the brain works when you're learning.

    In this Daily Bits Of Facts course, we dig into the latest research in the field of neuroscience to bring you bite-sized lessons on how the brain learns when it's influenced by factors such as stress, emotions, sleep, curiosity and information overload. 

    You should take this course if you're interested in finding the answers to these questions:

    • How does lack of sleep influence learning?

    • What role does curiosity play in academic achievement?

    • How does stress affect your "memory factory" - the hippocampus?

    • Are there cognitive activities that help the aging brain stay sharp?

    Let's learn about learning!
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    What our users are saying about the course:

    "It's perfect for if you want to understand human behavior and know more about your brain. Really interesting angle to neuroscience"

  • 2

    The Psychology of Pricing

    A practical guide to using behavioral science for good

    In our experience at Irrational Labs, we find that it’s the companies trying to help consumers become happier, healthier and wealthier that make the most mistakes valuing their products. This course will help you better understand these mistakes and how to avoid them. 

    Have you ever been curious about questions such as:


    • Why people get so excited about buying things that are in short supply? 

    • What causes promotions to drive short-term spikes in sales yet become counterproductive over time?

    • When can offering a product for free actually be bad for the customer? 

    In 22 short and fun lessons, you will learn the answers to these questions as you are introduced to key concepts from the field of behavioral economics. You will get examples and exercises to help you take what you’ve learned and apply it to the pricing and promotions of different products and services.

    This course is primarily for product managers, designers and creators of products and services that are helping improve people’s well-being

    If you choose to apply any of these insights within your company, we ask that you answer one question before making any changes: “Will this make people better off?’ This simple rule of thumb will help ensure you’re making changes that improve your customer’s bottom line as well as your company’s.  

    Enjoy!

    Irrational Labs: Kristen Berman, Ingrid Melvaer Paulin, and Evelyn Gosnell 

    In collaboration with Dan Ariely and Jason Hreha 

  • 3

    Growth by Design

    Good design helps small businesses to grow.

    There are many feelings that go on in the mind of the entrepreneur when it comes to hiring design services: How to communicate your needs in a clear way? How to find a great designer at an affordable price?

    In the mini-course, we address and find solutions to common struggles, such as communicating with your designer and picking out talent from a sea of options, such as Fiverr or 99designs. This way you can make the most of good design, and grow your business based off of that.

    A few takeaways:

    - Understand how design can help your small business to build trust and grow.

    - Identify areas in your business that needs improvements.

    - Communicate clearly your needs to a designer.

    - Find creative talents that are a great match to your project and fit your budget.

    - See hand-picked case studies showcasing how new brands, packaging, or websites helped small businesses to grow. 


    Part of the book Growth by Design.

  • 4

    A Primer on Artificial Intelligence

    What to do if and when the robots are stealing your job

    In 2004, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored the first driverless car, Grand Challenge. The winning car managed to drive 7.2 miles. In a similar contest set in city-like constraints, the winner drove 60 miles.

    In 2015, one person built a self-driving car in his garage, and everyone who's been in a Tesla has experienced what it's like to let a robot do the work for you. This kind of progress is possible thanks to development in Artificial Intelligence (AI). But what do people mean by AI? Why all the hype all of a sudden? And lastly, will intelligent machines steal our job?

    This course is for you if you want to participate in conversations about AI - and actually, know what you're talking about. So if you have no clue what AI is about, and you haven't been keeping track of all the progress that has been made in the last years. Throughout our eleven days together, you will also encounter some mind-blowing examples of what technical advances AI has paved the way for.


    If you have a master of computer science or stay up to date on current tech events, you should probably not take this course. The course is meant to be fun, easy and thought-provoking. And just a little bit scary. 

  • 5

    The Perfect Conversation

    Learn the art of sparkling conversations in 10 simple steps

    ***Over 5000 users are learning about the science of people from Vanessa's courses. It's easy to join them!***

    Conversations are like sports.

    Just like in any sport, you have to hone your conversational muscles if you want to be good at them. You train for difficult topics. You re-play miscommunications in your head.

    And just like elite athletes, you need a conversational game plan.

    The art and science of sparkling conversations is one of our most requested topics at the Science of People. So a few months ago, I decided to do a bit of research on the topic to write this course for you.

    How can you engage in effective and memorable conversations with anyone you meet?

    I will show you that there is both an art and a science to effective communication.

    I have broken down the structure of a conversation into 10 steps that will take your average interactions and make them awesome ones.

    I’m Vanessa Van Edwards, and my goal with this course is to teach you to be the most memorable person in the room, for the right reasons.

    Let’s do it!

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    Said about the course:

    "So many fun, quirky and effective exercises. The ten days you spend with this course will be interesting...to say the least!"

  • 6

    Assertive Communication

    How to express your ideas and stand up for your opinion

    This is a free course for you who want to:


    • Learn how to say no without guilt


    • Express your ideas


    • Or who just want to stand up for yourself in life, relationships and on the job


    Some people have a passive style of communication, some an aggressive and some might even have a passive-aggressive style. The most functional of styles is definitely the assertive way.

    This course won’t turn you into the most assertive person in the world, but it’s one small step to learning this way of communication. Sign up using your email and you are on your way!

  • 7

    Hacking Human Nature for Good

    A Practical Guide to Changing Human Behavior

    Join more than 7000 product developers and marketers in taking this free bite-sized course!
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    “When we understand human behavior, we can build and sell products that change lives.”

    This course is for people who create and build products and services that change behavior for the good. If you are a product manager, designer or marketer, you are also a choice architect.  By understanding human behavior, you can help your users/customers and humans, in general, make better decisions.

    In 22 short, fun and information-packed lessons you will get a brief introduction to interesting research findings from the field behavioral economics.  You’ll also get examples on how to best apply these findings to your product or service.

    Irrationally yours, 

    EvelynDanKristen & Jason

  • 8

    Think Like a Leader

    Nine mental habits of leaders

    ***Over 6000 users are learning about the science of people from Vanessa's courses. It's easy and free to join them!***

    Leaders think differently.

    Many years ago, I had the opportunity to shadow the CEO of a major technology company for one day. That one day changed my life forever. Walking through the hallways of his company, hearing him interact on phone calls and watching him tackle projects and challenges was like nothing I had ever seen before.

    He was a human behavior hacker.

    That day was the start of my fascination with people and the hidden forces that make us tick. Since then, I have studied hundreds of leaders like him looking for patterns. In this course, I will share nine findings and give you concrete actions you can take in order to think and act like a leader.

    The course is free and it's delivered every day for two weeks straight to your inbox or to Messenger.

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    Said about the course:

    "I've learned more from these ten condensed lessons than I have from many bestselling business books"

  • 9

    Mingle School for Introverts and Shy People

    How psychology can teach you how to network and mingle

    Mingle.

    Walk around and have relaxed conversations with people you don't know.

    Build relationships.

    Does the mere thought give you chills?

    You are not alone. It may sound simple to some, but for many of us it makes our heart palpitate, we sweat, get tongue-tied and stutter when we are expected to speak spontaneously in different situations. Thoughts such as, “what should I talk about?”, “what if I’m all alone?”, “what if no one thinks I'm interesting?”, “I'll only say stupid things,” may be running through your head and put an immediate end to any attempts to approach others. But it doesn't have to be this way.

    In this course, we will go over a few psychological theories that affect us when we mingle, and how we can get around unnecessary mind traps and fears that are easy to get stuck in. I will also give you exercises that will help you get an idea of how you can actually train yourself how to mingle.

    So why should you get better at mingling? For one thing, it often becomes a lot more fun to go to parties and other private functions where you don’t know that many people. But it’s also extremely useful when you run a business when you want to create better relationships between business and universities, or perhaps when you want to present some exciting research results. When you mingle, you are building networks.

    This course is created by trained psychologist, Jenny Rickardson. She works in the department of behavioral medicine and pain treatment at Karolinska University Hospital, in addition to being a lecturer on ACT and teaching psychology at Psykologifabriken.

    The course is based on learning psychology and CBT, along with elements of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

  • 10

    How to Beat Procrastination

    Insights and tools from psychology that will help you get things done

    Having a hard time getting started with work that needs to get done? Do you wait until the last moment before you start working? Procrastination, or consciously postponing what should be done today, is less about personal traits than it is about behavior. In the same way that you once learned to always deal with tasks at the last moment, you can learn to act differently. With the help of psychological insights about motivation, rewards, and distractions you can increase the probability of completing your tasks - on time.

    In this course, you will receive practical tips on how to change your approach to learned behavioral patterns, as well as how to achieve your goals through a better structure, time management and problem-solving. Getting things done on time doesn’t have to be exhausting - things like coffee breaks, encouragement and friends are some pleasant ways of making your tasks easier to deal with. 

    This course is based on scientific studies by leading researchers in the fields of motivation, goal setting, and procrastination. You will be provided with exercises and principles of treatment from cognitive behavioral therapy within areas such as stress management and procrastination.

    The creator of this course, Alexander Rozental, is a licensed psychologist and a researcher at University College London.

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    Said about the course:

    "The only thing you need to read about procrastination. So many insights, so many useable tools, such a great package!"

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