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Better: Improving Decision-Making, Achievement, and Performance

This discussion group will explore how recent insights from psychology and related fields can help make us better students, better professionals, better leaders, and better people. We will consider works dealing with happiness, decision-making, learning, persuasion, success, and achievement. The reading list will include some or all of the following: Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis; Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance; Paul Tough, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character; Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness; Annie Murphy Paul, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart; and Adam Grant, Give and Take. Begin in Autumn Quarter and run through Winter Quarter. Class meeting dates: Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30, exact dates TBD. DISCUSSIONS IN ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL VALUES COURSES RANKING FORM: To apply for this course, 2L, 3L and Advanced Degree students must complete and submit a Ranking Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students and then see Consent of Instructor Forms). See Ranking Form for instructions and submission deadline.

2014-2015 Winter
01/05/2015 - 03/09/2015 Tue 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructors for this course

David Freeman Engstrom
Nora Freeman Engstrom