Psychology

Do You Really Know What You Think You Do?

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Would you be able to explain what ultra-lipids are? What about a retroplex? If your answer is yes, you're wrong—those are made-up terms. A psychology study used them to figure out how many people would pretend they knew things they didn't. That's a phenomenon known as overclaiming, and it shows that people are very bad at determining what they don't know. Learn more about the idea in the video below.

Do You Really Know What You Think You Do?

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