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ScottF
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New paper posits that the internet creates an illusion, whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information. Essentially a web-induced version of the Dunning Kruger effect.


The abstract from the APA:

As the Internet has become a nearly ubiquitous resource for acquiring knowledge about the world, questions have arisen about its potential effects on cognition. Here we show that searching the Internet for explanatory knowledge creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information. Evidence from 9 experiments shows that searching for information online leads to an increase in self-assessed knowledge as people mistakenly think they have more knowledge “in the head,” even seeing their own brains as more active as depicted by functional MRI (fMRI) images. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2015-13957-001/

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Doesn't posting the results of such a study on the internet create a paradox? Or maybe just dismal irony.
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Good point. I thought it made sense when I read the abstract but now I'm not entirely sure...
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