(Not so) positive illusions

Justin Kruger*, Steven Chan, Neal Roese

*Corresponding author for this work

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We question a central premise upon which the target article is based. Namely, we point out that the evidence for positive illusions is in fact quite mixed. As such, the question of whether positive illusions are adaptive from an evolutionary standpoint may be premature in light of the fact that their very existence may be an illusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-527
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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