Institutional Scholarship

You Don't Know What You Do Know: The Curse of Knowledge in Cognition and Teaching

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Boltz, Marilyn Conrad, Kimberly 2016-09-23T12:49:11Z 2016-09-23T12:49:11Z 2016
dc.description.abstract The curse of knowledge refers to the common experience of having difficulty setting aside one’s own knowledge when inferring the knowledge of others. Within heuristics and biases research, the curse of knowledge is discussed as a bias arising from the availability, anchoring, and adjustment heuristics, and is conceptually analogous to hindsight bias towards one’s past self. Within theory-of-mind literature, the curse is discussed as a failure to employ mature mentalizing skills, though there lacks consensus on the conceptual relationship between mechanisms driving the curse and those driving theory-of-mind. This paper seeks to bridge the gap between the the heuristics and biases and theory-of-mind approaches by proposing an integrated cognitive mechanism underlying the curse of knowledge. Implications for teachers, strategies for combatting the curse in the classroom, and ideas for future research are discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title You Don't Know What You Do Know: The Curse of Knowledge in Cognition and Teaching
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Bi-College users only

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as



My Account