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Do expert drivers have a reduced illusion of superiority?

Waylen, A. E., Horswill, M. S., Alexander, J. L. and McKenna, F. P. (2004) Do expert drivers have a reduced illusion of superiority? Transportation Research Part F-Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 7 (4-5). pp. 323-331. ISSN 1369-8478

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2004.09.009


It is well established that people tend to rate themselves as better than average across many domains. To maintain these illusions, it is suggested that people distort feedback about their own and others' performance. This study examined expert/novice differences in self-ratings when people compared themselves with others of the same level of expertise and background as themselves. Given that a key expert characteristic is increased self-monitoring, we predicted that experts in a domain may have a reduced illusion of superiority because they are more aware of their actual ability. We compared expert police drivers with novice police drivers and found that this prediction was not supported. Expert police drivers rated themselves as superior to equally qualified drivers, to the same degree as novices, Cohen's d = .03 ns. Despite their extensive additional training and experience, experts still appear to be as susceptible to illusions of superiority Lis everyone else. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:13822
Uncontrolled Keywords:unrealistic optimism, expertise, illusory biases, driving, training, experience, DRIVING SKILL, UNREALISTIC OPTIMISM, JUDGMENTS, ABILITY, RISK, OWN, ASSESSMENTS, UNIQUENESS, ACCIDENT

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