Monday, August 4th — The Dunning-Kruger Effect

August 4, 2008

Today I Learned…

…about the Dunning-Kruger effect.  Justin Kruger and David Dunning of my hometown Cornell University were awarded a 2000 Ig Nobel prize for their research into this particular phenomenon. They found that people who are less skillful at a particular task tend to think they are more skillful then they are, while people who have more knowledge and skills tend to think that they know less.

If you’re unaware of the Ig Nobel prizes, check them out below.  The scientific community (myself included) always looks forward to their being awarded in October of each year — at least, those members of the community with a sense of humor.  They are given for research “that makes you laugh, then makes you think.”

Further Reading…


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