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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Is Young Children's Overconfidence on a Ball Throwing Task Adaptive?

Previous research has demonstrated overconfidence in young children when they are asked to make a prediction of their performance on a variety of tasks (e.g. Lipko et al., 2009). The adaptivity hypothesis posits that this overconfidence is adaptive in that it increases motivation, leading to longer task persistence and therefore better performance. The current study uses a ball throwing task modeled after Schneider (1998) and Powel (1994) and is designed to evaluate three predictions which are based on the adaptivity hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, (a) children who are most overconfident on the ball throwing task will perform more successfully than children who are less overconfident, (b) children who are the most overconfident will persist longer when practicing ball throwing during the readiness portion of the task, and (c) persistence will mediate the relationship between overconfidence and actual performance on the ball throwing task.

Presenter: Stephanie Carlin (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)
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