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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: 2010 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-1825
Keywords: belief; delusions; design; evolution; misbelief; positive illusions; religion; self-deception
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Studies
Item ID: 35152
Depositing User: Nathalia Gjersoe
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 16:42
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 16:09
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