The benefits of knowing what you know (and what you don’t): How calibration affects credibility

  title={The benefits of knowing what you know (and what you don’t): How calibration affects credibility},
  author={E. Tenney and B. A. Spellman and R. MacCoun},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Social Psychology},
  • E. Tenney, B. A. Spellman, R. MacCoun
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • People tend to believe, and take advice from, informants who are highly confident. However, people use more than a mere ‘‘confidence heuristic.” We believe that confidence is influential because—in the absence of other information—people assume it is a valid cue to an informant’s likelihood of being correct. However, when people get evidence about an informant’s calibration (i.e., her confidence–accuracy relationship) they override reliance on confidence or accuracy alone. Two experiments in… CONTINUE READING

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