Become great at behavioral design

Understand what motivates your customers to convert

Online course:
Digital Psychology & Behavioral Design

By Brian Cugelman,

Senior Behaviral Scientist @ Alterspark

Course length: 3h 45min

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English subtitles Certificate included

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Learn the essence of behavioral design, while developing a broad perspective on the psychology of online behavior.

By better understanding the broad psychological principles that drive online engagement, this course will help you focus better, make better decisions, and build higher-converting products.

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  • Master consumer-focused digital psychology and behavior design.

    Senior Behavior Scientist, Brian Cugelman, will show you his unique approach to designing behavioral change.

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After taking this course, you’ll…

  • Understand many of the key psychology principles used in CRO
  • Make better decisions based on human-insight
  • Build confidence in translating psychological theories into creative content
  • Understand several psychological strategies and design tactics
  • Have a better sense of the emotions that drive human behavior

Skills you will master

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I got a deeper understanding on the ‘why’ humans have certain behaviours.

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This course had depth. I truly learned.

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Brian is relaxed, funny, super knowledgeable, and he knows how to get his message across. I love that he’s so enthusiastic about the subject.

Here’s what Brian will teach you…

Students will learn the essentials of behavioral design, and gain a broad perspective on the psychology that drives online behavior.

By better understanding the broad psychological principles that drive online engagement, participants will develop better judgement, make better decisions, and builder higher-converting products.

Course overview

In just 11 sessions, you’ll be able to…

This course takes students through the behavioral design process, covering Dr. Cugelman’s various behavior change models that simplify the vast scientific literature into a few simple models.

Students will learn the core emotional drivers and cognitive processes that explain how users use technology. Students will learn the core psychological strategies, with examples of common design components, to help them connect theory to practice.

Learn how to use psychology and neuroscience to create better conversion experiences.

This course will help you develop your skills in behavioral design, and help develop your niche in applying behavioral design to the digital skills of your choosing.

Rather than following dogmatic industry conventions, this course will teach you the human factors that drive online behavior. You will be empowered to develop strategies and fresh thinking, inspired by a proper understanding of human behavior, rather than dogmatic conventions.

As an introductory course to applied psychology, the course focuses on broad strategies and tactical UI elements, which will help you learn quickly, and better take advantage of everyday psychology design opportunities.

The content is general enough that it applies to many areas of digital practice.

This course is essential for you if …

  • Want to learn the core psychology that is relevant to conversion-focused digital media professionals
  • You work hands-on, where deeper human insight will help you make better and faster decisions
  • You work in any organization where greater conversions will improve your bottom-line

This course is NOT for you if…

  • You are starting out in digital media, and are not yet familiar with the basics in your chosen practice area.
  • You expect to be spoon fed tactical psychology, such as dogmatic rules saying “psychological technique 847 always produces a 5% lift”. This is a course on insight.
  • You are only interested in your specific area, such as only doing design, only doing copy, or only doing analytics. The content cuts across man practice areas.

Designed for anyone with basic knowledge of conversion optimization.

This course is perfect for anyone who has a basic understanding of conversion optimization, UX and design as well as an interest in psychology and neuroscience.

Students should have previously worked on a CRO project or campaign before taking this course.

Brian Cugelman

Senior Behaviral Scientist @ Alterspark

With an extensive career running online projects and studies for industry, non-profit organizations, governments, and the United Nations, Dr. Brian Cugelman has been working as an online behavior change specialist since 1997.

In 2006, Brian launched AlterSpark, with a focus on merging behavioral science with creative design and data science. Over the years, Brian has helped numerous companies and institutions measure and improve their online campaigns for greater understanding and measurable results.

Your full course curriculum

Digital Psychology & Behavioral Design Training

1 Psychology and media

This lesson shows you what it means to apply psychology to technology. Topics Covered: Understand applied psychology in down-to-earth termsKnow the various ways you can apply psychology to techHow to focus on the bigger-picture in applied psychology Re

2 Our approach

You’ll learn what makes this course unique, as a conversion focused approach to psychology-inspired design Topics Covered: Where the content comes fromOur approach to behavioral scienceOverview of the course’s key components Resources Lesson slide deck

3 Outcomes

We’ll cover what really matters in design for behavior change. Topics Covered: What to focus on in design for behavior change How to contrast superficial versus real metrics How to quickly measure outcomes Resources Lesson slide deck

4 Emotional motivators

This lesson covers the emotions that drive shape user behavior, and covers a variety of emotional transition strategies, using the Cugelman Emotion Map. Topics Covered: Learn how emotions shape user behavior Learn how to use the Cugelman Emotion Map, f

5 Netflix sign-up emotional design audit

This lesson walks through an example of how NetFlix users emotion design, in its registration process. Topics Covered: An example of an emotional design used in registrationHow content is used to target emotional motivators The link between theory and

6 Behavioral media

This lesson explains how people conceptualize virtual space, and digital processes Topics Covered: How users comprehend virtual spacesWhat language to use to make processes more intuitiveHow to describe online processes, so that they are easy to follow

7 Digital product places

Based on your understanding of how users conceptualize virtual space, we’ll discuss conventional navigation systems. Topics Covered: How to conceptual virtual spaces like real spacesMetaphors for information hierarchyMetaphors for on-page special relat

8 Digital locators & facilitators

Now that we understand how people conceptualize and navigate in virtual spaces, we’ll look at the psychology behind design components that help people navigate technology Topics Covered: New perspective on navigational systems and process control UIUnd

9 Behavioral UI

In Behavioral UI series of lessons, we cover most of the psychological design strategies, with many examples. Topics Covered: Develop a new understanding of branding psychology, and why trust and integrity are at the core of digital influenceHow users

10 Behavioral UI: Description

Learn about description components that help users to understand what they’re dealing with. Resources Lesson slide deck

11 Behavioral UI: Motivation

Learn about different UI design patterns that are used for motivational processes. Resources Lesson slide deck

12 Behavioral UI: Pressure tactic

Learn about pressure tactics and how to use them in UI. Resources Lesson slide deck

13 Behavioral UI: Social influence

Learn what is social influence in UI and how to utilize it. Resources Lesson slide deck

14 Behavioral UI: Deciding

Learn how to help your audiences to make up their mind. Resources Lesson slide deck

15 Behavioral UI: Trust

Learn about trust – one of the core factors in behavior change. Resources Lesson slide deck

16 Behavioral UI: Reinforcer

Learn about elements that reinforce user behavior. Resources Lesson slide deck

17 Designing processes

This lesson covers different stage-based approaches to influence, and recommends different approaches, depending on the nature of your work Topics Covered: Learn about different stage-based approaches to behavior changeGet a sense of when you should us

18 Psychology inspired design

If you have not worked in applied psychology, this lesson will help you get comfortable translating abstract psychological theories into creative design concepts Topics Covered: Learn a down-to-earth approach to applying psychology, like improv Underst

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Learn Behavioral Design: FAQ

Who is this course for?

This course is essential for you if …

Some careers that will especially benefit from this course are UX designer, product manager, content marketer, growth manager, marketing manager.

  • Want to learn the core psychology that is relevant to conversion-focused digital media professionals
  • You work hands-on, where deeper human insight will help you make better and faster decisions
  • You work in any organization where greater conversions will improve your bottom-line

What will you learn?

After taking this course, you will:

  • Understand many of the key psychology principles used in CRO
  • Make better decisions based on human-insight
  • Build confidence in translating psychological theories into creative content
  • Understand several psychological strategies and design tactics
  • Have a better sense of the emotions that drive human behavior

What does the course include?

Our Behavioral Design training includes 19 lessons, 1 downloadable resource, 3h 45min of video material, several assignments, and a final exam.

Are subtitles available for the lessons?

Lessons have English subtitles and transcriptions available.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

After taking this course, you will receive the Behavioral Design Certification from CXL, with credentials that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

What is the refund policy?

All plans come with a 7-day refund period .

How long will it take for me to finish it?

This is entirely up to you – it’s how many study hours per week you can put in. This course is 3h 45min long.