correcting misconceptions about the Dunning-Kruger effect //
You've probably heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect, but you also probably think it's something different than it actually is.
Misconception #1: People who aren't good at something (incompetents) think they're good at it [mostly true], but as people's skill goes up, their self-assessment goes down. [false]
Misconception #2: Incompetents overestimate how good they are at the thing [true], but experts underestimate how good they are at it. [mostly false]
Reality: The Dunning-Kruger study measured skill in two different ways, and the difference is important: absolute skill (how many questions you got right) and relative skill (how good your score was relative to other people who took the test).
More expertise makes you more accurate in both measures.
Absolute: Incompetents grossly overestimated themselves, while experts knew correctly that they got more questions right than the incompetents thought they did.
Relative: On average, everyone thought they did better than roughly 2/3rds of their peers; this happens to be an underestimate for the actual top 1/3rd and an overestimate for everyone else.
The kicker: Experts don't underestimate their own performance -- they over-estimate everyone else, and that's why they underestimate their skill in relation to others. (Incompetents, on the other hand, literally cannot recognize expertise when they see it.)
(more in-depth summary + link to study to follow) #psychology
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