New, Added Acclaim for the Dunning-Kruger Effect

The University of Michigan proudly announces the good news about Ig Nobel Prize winners David Dunning [pictured here] and Justin Kruger: Announcement of the New (2023) Prize Dave Dunning Wins the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Scientific Impact Award Dr. David Dunning has won the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Scientific Impact Award. According […]

The Dunning-Kruger Song

By somewhat popular demand, here’s a video of “The Dunning-Kruger Song”: The song honors the research study “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments,” by David Dunning and Justin Kruger, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 77, no. 6, December 1999, pp. 1121-34. […]

The Incompetence Opera (including the Dunning-Kruger song)

Here’s video of the premier performance of “The Incompetence Opera”: “The Incompetence Opera” is a musical encounter with the Peter Principle and the Dunning-Kruger Effect. And with the word “so.” This opera premiere was part of the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, September 14, 2017, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. The opera is composed of three […]

Preview: “The Incompetence Opera”

The 2017 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will include the premiere of a new mini-opera: “The Incompetence Opera.” It’s a musical encounter with the Peter Principle and the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It’s about how and why incompetent people rise to the top — and what that implies for everybody. Music by Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, John Walter Bratton, and Anon. Story […]

The physics of The Peter Principle; the trumping power of the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Italian physicist Andrea Rapisarda presents his Ig Nobel Prize-winning research about The Peter Principle, at the Ig Nobel show at the University of Oslo. The show was the first stop of the 2016 Ig Nobel EuroTour. Behold the video: The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize for management was awarded to Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo of the […]

The Impossible Expertise of Self-Perceived Experts

David Dunning, who won an Ig Nobel Prize for his landmark study of incompetent people who believe themselves to be competent, has now done a study about people who believe themselves to be experts. The new study is: “When Knowledge Knows No Bounds — Self-Perceived Expertise Predicts Claims of Impossible Knowledge,” Stav Atir, Emily Rosenzweig, […]

Cleese opines to great effect on Dunning and on Kruger

John Cleese, the tallest and angriest of the Monty Pythons, tells here, in this video, of his controlled, venomous glee at learning about the Dunning-Kruger Effect: The Open Culture blog comments about Cleese’s commenting. David Dunning and Justin Kruger — the Dunning and the Kruger of the Dunning-Kruger effect — were awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize for psychology, for […]

Ig Nobel winner David Dunning surveys recent research about incompetent people

Ig Nobel Prize-winning Cornell psychology professor David Dunning — he of the Dunning-Kruger effect — tells the majestic story of incompetent people, in this essay in Pacific Standard: We Are All Confident Idiots BY DAVID DUNNING • October 27, 2014 • 4:00 AM The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. […]