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Understanding how we judge our abilities

25 October 2016

Whether we’re testing our mettle on a video game, on the golf course, or at the bowling alley, it’s good to have a realistic sense of our ability, so we attempt things that are feasible – and don’t accept unwise bets. But how accurate are we at judging ourselves in this way?

A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog suggests that our sense of our own ability is coloured by the other players around us.

When we’re competing with a strong player, we tend to downgrade our assessment of our own ability. Conversely, when that player is on our team, we see ourselves as better than we really are.

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