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Psychology of Thinking 2

Saturday, March 4, 2023 to Sunday, March 12, 2023

The Program

How we think matters. Errors in thinking cause issues that go far beyond our individual concerns. These errors and biases contribute to a wide range of societal issues, including political polarization, complicity in climate change, and ethnic profiling. They can also come into play for people who run businesses--how they hire staff, interact with their colleagues, set strategies.

This program is a survey of research findings and theories of how we think, and their real-life applications. Professor Ahn draws on decades of research from other cognitive psychologists, as well as from her own groundbreaking studies. Using fun examples from K-pop dancing, anecdotes from her own life, and illuminating stories from history and the headlines, the program shows how we can improve not just our own daily lives and tackle real-world problems through better awareness of our biases but also the lives of everyone around us.


  • Confirmation bias: How can we go wrong when trying to be right?
  • Moral reasoning: Moral dilemmas, cheating, and disgust
  • Creativity: What is creativity anyway and how can we get more creative?
  • Illusion of Fluency: Why do things look so easy?

The Speaker

Woo-Kyoung Ahn
John Hay Whitney Professor of Psychology,
Yale University

Woo-Kyoung Ahn is the John Hay Whitney Professor of Psychology at Yale University. After receiving her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she was assistant professor at Yale University and associate professor at Vanderbilt University. In 2022, she received Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences. Her research on thinking biases has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Her recent book, Thinking 101: How to reason better to live better received 2022 Non-Obvious Book award.


4 90-minute online lecture and discussion sessions (a total of 6 hours) over 2 weeks

* Those who attend 100% of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.



The language of the program will be English, with simultaneous interpretation into Chinese.

Time and Participating Format

  • Saturday, March 4; Sunday, March 5; Saturday, March 11; Sunday, March 12;
  • 10:00 -11:30 am CST

Participating Format

  • Zoom

*Please download and install the Zoom Application beforehand. Yale Center Beijing’s staff will contact confirmed participants for further testing in advance of the program to ensure a pleasant experience.

Registration and Fee


To apply, scan the QR code below, or click HERE.


  • Middle / high school / university students and anyone who is interested in psychology (Recommendation: be at least 16 years old)
  • English language proficiency for meaningful participation during discussions


  • Flash Sale (by February 13): RMB 3,999
  • Early Bird (by February 20): RMB 4,999
  • Previous Participant Ticket (Open to participants of previous YCB programs, by February 20): RMB 3,799
  • Student Ticket: RMB 4,999
  • Group Discount Price (at least three persons): RMB 4,999 per person
  • Standard Ticket: RMB 5,999

       *The registration fee for the event is non-refundable. Unless due to a force majeure reason, Yale Center Beijing will not refund any part of the registration fee if a participant fails to attend the event.



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