The psychology of stupidity

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April 15. Friday,
18:30 to 19:30
Ametiszt room



One of the most puzzling questions of our is age how can intelligent people do so many stupid things. For long, science assumed that ultimately people would choose what is best for them; it was also thought that high intelligence is a good predictor of intelligent behaviour. By now, it has become clear that irrationality is part of our thinking and stupidity is within everyone’s potential. Psychological research has left the question unexplored as to what actions people call stupid. The phenomenon is not just an important part of our everyday life, but it also sheds light on what measures of rationality people use in monitoring the behaviour of others and of their own. Based on the results of my lab, I will discuss the three categories of stupidity and the ways how to do and avoid very stupid things.