Social Comparison and Confidence : When Thinking You ’ re Better than Average Predicts Overconfidence

@inproceedings{Burson2006SocialCA,
  title={Social Comparison and Confidence : When Thinking You ’ re Better than Average Predicts Overconfidence},
  author={Katherine Burson and Stephen M. Ross},
  year={2006}
}
A common social comparison bias—the better-than-average-effect—is frequently described as psychologically equivalent to the individual judgment bias known as overconfidence. However, research has found “hard-easy” effects for each bias that yield a seemingly paradoxical reversal: Hard tasks tend to produce overconfidence but worse-than-average perceptions, whereas easy tasks tend to produce underconfidence and better-than-average effects. We argue that the two biases are in fact positively… CONTINUE READING
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