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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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My Rather Unknown Piece About “Unknown Unknowns” and Their Role in Self-Insight

My Rather Unknown Piece About “Unknown Unknowns” and Their Role in Self-Insight

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(p.197) My Rather Unknown Piece About “Unknown Unknowns” and Their Role in Self-Insight
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Most Underappreciated
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David Dunning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0039

David Dunning reflects on his most underappreciated work: a paper with Deanna Caputo that explored the role of the so-called unknown unknowns in the realm of self-evaluation. Dunning and Caputo performed five experiments that revealed how people showed little insight into the scope of their ignorance, and suggested that this ignorance of ignorance was a major contributor to mistaken self-evaluations. Dunning argues that one reason why the phenomenon identified in the study is neglected is because its main point fails as a piece of gossip.

Keywords:   David Dunning, Deanna Caputo, unknown unknowns, self-evaluation, ignorance

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