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Over-Confidence can Lead to Poor Decision-Making With Disastrous Consequences

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on August 19, 2016 at 4:35 PM
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 Over-Confidence can Lead to Poor Decision-Making With Disastrous Consequences

People vary widely in their awareness of their metacognitive ability - a higher order thinking which involves active control over the mental processes engaged in learning - and in general are too confident when evaluating their performance. Over-confident individuals can often be poor in decision making with potentially disastrous consequences, revealed a study.

For the study, the team analyzed a social cognition task, where volunteers watched a video of a person narrating a story and following that they answered a question about what the person said in the story.

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Subsequently, people indicated how confident they felt about their response being correct. The researchers then measured how good people were in evaluating their own accuracy in a process called metacognition.

"The more confident people were about their performance, the higher the activation in brain areas such as the striatum, a brain area often associated with reward processing," said lead author Pascal Molenberghs from the Monash University in Victoria, Australia.
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"However, too much confidence was associated with lower metacognitive ability," added Fynn-Mathis Trautwein from the Max Planck Society - a non-profit association in Germany.

When combined, the results indicated that although being confident entails a reward-like component, it can lead to overconfidence which in turn can undermine decision making, the researchers concluded in the paper published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Source: IANS
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