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  • I am more knowledgeable about psychology than the average member.

    7 36.84%
  • My knowledge of psychology is about average for this forum.

    7 36.84%
  • I am less knowledgeable about psychology than the average member.

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    Default Rate your understanding of psychology compared to the average member of this forum.

    I am curious.

    Poll is public.

    Edit: It seems I forgot to check that option. Since people voted already with it private, I guess we'll keep it that way.
    Last edited by ygolo; 10-17-2012 at 12:17 PM.

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    I'd rate mine as above average, but only because it's a huge part of what I do for a living. This forum, though, likely has a better understanding than the general populace.

    Although, I know enough psychology to know that (a) experts tend to rate themselves as less 'experty' as they really are because they're aware of what they don't know, (b) most people tend to rate themselves as above average in a lot of areas, and as a tangent, (c) mathematical linear models often significantly outperform experts in appropriately combining appropriate variables.

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    I am less knowledgeable about psychology than the average member.

    I am more knowledgable about psychology though than the average individual in real life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    Poll is public.
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    Is this an experiment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    Poll is public.
    So 2 and 3 are out of the question

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    I don't know.

    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    (c) mathematical linear models often significantly outperform experts in appropriately combining appropriate variables.
    They also often compartmentalize fallaciously.

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    Wait, did I actually say "appropriately combining appropriate variables"?
    Quote Originally Posted by Little_Sticks View Post
    They also often compartmentalize fallaciously.
    Yup. I'll have to be more specific--compartmentalization (categorization, ranking, etc.) is basically their strength, and they probably shouldn't be used for much else.

    They do a better job of combining appropriate attributes of entities/objects once those attributes are identified in order to find rank orders or categories of entities based on those attributes--whether or not to let certain students in to such-and-such a program, how well such-and-such a thing will perform compared to another, and so on.

    'course, this is all a side tangent to the OP, but the last thing I'll mention is that Robyn Dawes has pioneered some amazing research that basically shows just how terrible we humans are at combining multiple variables in our heads.

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    I said average cuz i don't know the knowledge of the average member i know the knowledge of the loud boisterious members but that doesn't account for the quieter members
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    Poll is public.
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    It doesn't appear to be...

    At any rate, I'm probably less knowledgeable than most members here on most topics. Although I probably know more about psychology than the average American citizen, you people here all appear to be much more intelligent and knowledgeable than me. Basically what RaptorWizard said.

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    There are many types of psychology. Are you refering to typology? Because technically that counts as psychology, but it isn't really.

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