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I'm writing a research paper and I'm wondering if someone can help me out by throwing out a few terms. I'm looking for a theory that talks about how the more difficult a task is, the more authoritative / appreciated is the person who completed the task.

For example, let's say Exam A is only passed by 5% of people that take it. Is there a cognitive theory that says that people who pass the exam will be more appreciated / seen as more authoritative given that they completed a task most fail at?

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  • $\begingroup$ Authoritative on what subject though? :) Knowledge does not transfer between domains that easily. Are you interested in 'general knowledge' of some sorts? $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Apr 19 '16 at 13:38

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