Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (NSQ Ep. 30)
Also: is a little knowledge truly a dangerous thing?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Robert Zajonc, Polish-born American social psychologist.
- Barbara Fredrickson, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Robert Sapolsky, professor of neurology and of neurosurgery at Stanford University.
- Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Alexander Pope, eighteenth-century English poet.
- David Dunning, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.
- Justin Kruger, professor of marketing at the New York University.
- Daniel Kahneman, professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.
- Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale University.
- “Some of Us Have More Time to Sleep. So Why Are We So Tired?” by Jenna Jonaitis (The Washington Post, 2020).
- “Tomlin on Comfort, Adjustments, Teaching,” by Bob Labriola (Steelers.com, 2020).
- “How to Change Your Mind (Ep. 379),” by Freakonomics Radio (2019).
- “Overconfidence among beginners: Is a little learning a dangerous thing?” by Carmen Sanchez and David Dunning (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2018).
- “Individuals with greater science literacy and education have more polarized beliefs on controversial science topics,” by Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017).
- “Rumsfeld’s Knowns and Unknowns: The Intellectual History of a Quip,” by David A. Graham (The Atlantic, 2014).
- Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman (2013).
- “The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions,” by Barbara Fredrickson (The Royal Society of Publishing: Philosophical Transactions, 2004).
- Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, by Robert Sapolsky (2004).
- “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments,” by Kruger, J., & Dunning, D. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1999).
- “Attitudinal Effects of Mere Exposure,” by Robert Zajonc (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Monograph Supplement, 1968).
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (1943).
- “An Essay on Criticism,” by Alexander Pope (1711).
- “Mere-exposure effect,” by the APA Dictionary of Psychology.