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, success, and persuasion. The reading list will include some or all of the following: Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis; Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness; Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeons Notes on Performance; Paul Tough, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character; Richard Thaler & Cass Sustein, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness; Annie Murphy Paul, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart; and Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In.nClass meeting dates: Oct 22, Nov 12, Jan 14, Feb 11, and Mar 4.nnElements used in grading: Class attendance at all sessions and class participation.nnDiscussions in Ethical and Professional Values Courses Ranking Form: To apply for this course, 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). See Ranking Form for instructions and submission deadline.