The Psychology of Confidence
with Prof. Don A. Moore
Saturday May 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM
100 Genetics and Plant Biology, UC Berkeley
Reading the self-help literature could leave you with the impression that the goal in life is to maximize your confidence. On the other hand, research on overconfidence highlights all the ways in which people can get themselves into trouble by being too confident. Professor Moore will explore this tension by examining the psychology of confidence. Evidence underscores risks on both sides. Overconfidence leads people to delude themselves with wishful thinking, take too many risks, pursue impossible goals, and waste their time on doomed ventures. Underconfidence dissuades people from taking risks that would pay off and scares them away from trying things they would enjoy. The evidence highlights a promising middle way between these twin risks.
Don A. Moore holds the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Organization Behavior from Northwestern University. His research interests include overconfidence, including when people think they are better than they actually are, when people think they are better than others, and when people are too sure they know the truth. His research has appeared in popular press outlets and academic journals, from Psychological Review to Harvard Business Review. He is the author or editor of three books, and he teaches popular classes on managing organizations, negotiation, and decision making. He is only occasionally overconfident.