what the Dunning-Kruger effect is and isn’t

If you regularly read cognitive science or psychology blogs (or even just the lowly New York Times!), you’ve probably heard of something called the Dunning-Kruger effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect refers to the seemingly pervasive tendency of poor performers to overestimate their abilities relative to other people–and, to a lesser extent, for high performers to underestimate … Continue reading what the Dunning-Kruger effect is and isn’t

Kahneman on happiness

The latest TED talk is an instant favorite of mine. Daniel Kahneman talks about the striking differences in the way we experience versus remember events: It’s an entertaining and profoundly insightful 20-minute talk, and worth watching even if you think you’ve heard these ideas before. The fundamental problem Kahneman discusses is that we all experience … Continue reading Kahneman on happiness