Homework due Sunday Oct. 27 at 11:59 pm.

Write a Paper

Audience: Emerging adults between 18 and 24 years old with no familiarity with Kahneman’s work.

Write a paper in which you explore the consequences of making bad judgments and propose methods we can use to make more reliable judgments.

Include a case study of a situation in which errors in judgment are costly. Draw on Kahneman’s ideas to explain what kinds of errors were made and how they might have been avoided.

Use your own experiences or those of people you know or accounts of errors of judgment in the news to build your case study.

Consider the following situations:

  • Dating the wrong person/staying in a relationship
  • Posting something on social media
  • Getting into the wrong car
  • Choosing the wrong school or major
  • Saying the wrong thing
  • Hiring the wrong person
  • Buying or selling the wrong thing
  • Taking on the wrong task
  • Taking the wrong action
  • Making a bad decision
  • Investing in the wrong product, company, or person

At the end of your paper, pull back from the particulars of your case study to explain to your readers what general insights about making good judgments they should implement in their own lives.


  • Orient your reader to what Kahneman says and why it matters
  • Use signal phrases, voice markers, and pivotal words
  • Integrate your ideas with those of others using well-framed quotations and paraphrased passages
  • Demonstrate your ability to make the following moves: shine the spotlight, connect the dots, paint a picture, put under a microscope, say why it matters.
  • Draw on, extend and rework materials you created during the pre-writing phases of the project
  • Write a topic-revealing title using keywords from your paper (not “Kahneman paper” or “Paper 3”)
  • Parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page.
  • 1000 words or more

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