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Study: Subject experts have tendency to "overclaim" false information

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THACA, N.Y., July 20 (UPI) -- Self-proclaimed subject matter experts are more likely to fall victim to the illusion of knowledge. According to new research, experts are likely to "overclaim" false facts and made-up information.

In an effort to test how self-perception influences behavior, researchers asked study participants to rate their level of knowledge on various subjects and then gave them an opportunity to show off that knowledge.

"Our work suggests that the seemingly straightforward task of judging one's knowledge may not be so simple, particularly for individuals who believe they have a relatively high level of knowledge to begin with," lead study author Stav Atir, a psychologist at Cornell University, said in a press release.



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