My research examines the processes that underlie accuracy and error in self-judgment and, in particular, overconfidence. Taking a bottom-up perspective, I have identified important factors that keep people from learning about mistakes and, consequently, their abilities. I also examine the top-down consequences of beliefs about ability and objectivity on self-judgment. Finally, my work examines the consequences of over- and underconfidence for goal commitment, persistence, and achievement.
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- Conlon, K. E., Ehrlinger, J., Crescioni, A. W., Alquist, J. L., Gerend, M. A., & Dutton, G. R. (2011). Eyes on the prize: The longitudinal beneﬁts of goal focus on progress toward a weight loss goal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 853-855.
- Crescioni, A. W., Ehrlinger, J., Alquist, J. L., Conlon, K. E., Baumeister, R. F., & Dutton, G. R. (2011). High trait self-control predicts positive health behaviors and success in weight loss. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 750-759.
- Dunning, D., Johnson, K. L., Ehrlinger, J., & Kruger, J. (2003). Why people fail to recognize their own incompetence. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 83-87.
- Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., Woodman, T., Janelle, C. M., Le Scanff, C., Ehrlinger, J., Castanier, C., Coombes, S. A. (2011). Where’s the emotion? How sport psychology can inform research on emotion in human factors. Human Factors, 53, 180-202.
- Ehrlinger, J. (2008). Skill level, self-views and self-theories as sources of error in self-assessment. Compass: Social and Personality Psychology, 2, 382-398.
- Ehrlinger J., & Dunning, D. (2003). How chronic self-views influence (and potentially mislead) estimates of performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 5-17.
- Ehrlinger, J., & Eibach, R. P. (2011). Focalism and the failure to foresee unintended consequences. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 59-68.
- Ehrlinger J., Gilovich, T., & Ross, L. (2005). Peering into the bias blind spot: People's assessments of bias in themselves and others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 680-692.
- Ehrlinger, J., Johnson, K., Banner, M., Dunning, D., & Kruger, J. (2008). Why the unskilled are unaware: Further explorations of (absent) self-insight among the incompetent. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105, 98-121.
- Ehrlinger, J., & Mitchum, A. (2010). How beliefs in the ability to improve influence accuracy in and use of metacognitive judgments. Advances in Psychology Research, 69, 229-238.
- Ehrlinger, J., Plant, E. A., Eibach, R. P., Goplen, J., Columb, C., Kunstman, J., & Butz, D. A. (2011). How exposure to the Confederate flag affects willingness to vote for Barack Obama. Political Psychology, Political Psychology, 32(1), 131-146
- Eibach, R. P., & Ehrlinger, J. (2010). Reference points in men’s and women’s judgments of progress toward gender equality. Sex Roles, 63(11), 882-893.
- Eibach, R. P., & Ehrlinger, J. (2006). “Keep your eyes on the prize”: Reference points and racial differences in assessing progress toward equality. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 66-77.
- Eibach, R. P., Libby, L. K., & Ehrlinger, J. (2012). Unrecognized changes in the self contribute to exaggerated judgments of external decline. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34(3), 193-203.
- Eibach, R. P., Libby, L. K., & Ehrlinger, J. (2009). Priming family values: How being a parent affects moral evaluations of harmless but offensive acts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(5), 1160-1163.
- Fay, A. J., Jordan, A. H., & Ehrlinger, J. (2012). How social norms promote misleading social feedback and inaccurate self-assessment. Compass: Social and Personality Psychology, 6(2), 206-216.
- Sparks*, E. A., & Ehrlinger, J. (2012). Psychological contributors to the failure to anticipate unintended consequences. Compass: Social and Personality Psychology, 6(5), 417-427.
- Sparks, E., Ehrlinger, J., & Eibach, R. P. (2011). Failing to commit: Maximizers avoid commitment in a way that contributes to reduced satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 72-77.
- Strasser, R., Ehrlinger, J., & Bingman, V. P. (2004). Transitive behavior in hippocampal-lesioned pigeons. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 63, 181-188.
- Dweck, C. S., & Ehrlinger, J. (2006). Implicit theories and conflict resolution. In M. Deutsch & P. T. Coleman (Eds.), The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Current Topics in Social Psychology (Graduate)
- Honors Social Psychology (Undergraduate)
- Social Cognition (Graduate)
- Social Psychology (Undergraduate)
- Writing Seminar: Why People Believe Weird Things (Undergraduate)
Department of Psychology
Washington State University
Johnson Tower 211
Pullman, Washington 99164
- Phone: (509) 335-9127