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On the adaptive advantage of always being right (even when one is not)

Gjersoe, Nathalia and Hood, Bruce, M. (2009). On the adaptive advantage of always being right (even when one is not). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(6) pp. 521–522.

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We propose another positive illusion – overconfidence in the generalisability of one’s theory – that fits with McKay & Dennett’s (M&D’s) criteria for adaptive misbeliefs. This illusion is pervasive in adult reasoning but we focus on its prevalence in children’s developing theories. It is a strongly held conviction arising from normal functioning of the doxastic system that confers adaptive advantage on the individual.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-1825
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Item ID: 35152
Depositing User: Nathalia Gjersoe
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 16:42
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2012 04:17
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