This introductory class will help you identify deep-seated implicit biases that snap judgments and our perspectives of the world. It will give you gain the tools to start recoding biases in a proactive and empowering way. You'll learn about implicit biases, uncover how they affect decision making, and tricks for busting past them – both your's and other people's. You'll also uncover the background process that leads to biases in the first place – learning how our minds comprehend the world, filter information, trick us into thinking particular ways about things, and use the categorization strategy that can lead to reductive thinking. By the end of this introductory class you'll know all about cognitive biases and have developed more mastery over your cognitive processes, and, as a result, will be able to make more ethical and considered decisions in your interactions.


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  • 02

    Cognitive Science & How the Brain Works

    • Read: Introduction to the Cognitive Science

    • Read: The Wonders of The Human Brain

    • Read: The Limbic System

    • Read: Neurochemicals

    • Activity: Neurochemical Impact

    • Read: Social Norms

    • Activity: Changing Social Norms

    • Read: The Human Experience & Decision Making

    • Read: 2 Thinking Systems

    • Read: Cognitive Dissonance

    • Activity: Cognitive Dissonance Worksheet

  • 03

    Cognitive Bias

    • Read: What are Cognitive Biases?

    • Video: Cognitive Bias and the Brain

    • Read: Types of Cognitive Biases

    • Read: Choice Paralysis

    • Activity: Check your Bias

    • Download: Busting Bias Worksheet

  • 04

    Implicit Bias, Stereotyping and Prejudice

    • Read: Unconscious Bias

    • Read: Prejudice & Stereotypes

    • Video: Implicit Bias

    • Read: The Obstacles that Biases Create

    • Activity: Check Your Implicit Bias

  • 05

    Recoding & Busting Bias

    • Video: Recoding Bias

    • Read: Busting Through Biases

    • Activity: Busting Bias Worksheet

    • Read: Neuroplasticity

  • 06

    Tying It All Together

    • Additional Resources and Links

    • A Message From Leyla

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Instructor Bio:

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker


  • Discover how the human brain works and and how biases affect human decision making

  • Uncover how stereotypes and implicit biases affect decision making and feed into gender biases

  • Learn to explore and bust through deep-seated implicit biases, explore how they impact decision making, and develop ways to recode them in a proactive and empowering way


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    This pricing level is for those who can contribute to the course cost, but not at the full level, however are still relatively comfortable with the cost. The supported price is equivalent to approximately half price.

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