Heading for a fall: Neuroscientists reveal how overconfidence can lead to poor decision making

Credit: public domain The link between overconfidence and poor decision making is under the spotlight in an international study by scientists from Monash University and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. People vary widely in their awareness of what they do and don’t know, or metacognitive ability, and in general are too confident when evaluating their performance. This often leads to poor decision making with potentially disastrous consequences, according to the report’s authors. The team has published a study in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience which provides some insight into how overconfidence can lead to poor decision making. The authors include an international group of scientists at the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute, headed by Professor Tania Singer,…


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