I very often find situations where someone is certain she understands something (an explanation, a thought, a set of isntructions), when, actually, there are many gaps in this understanding. I have looked among the cognitive biases, but have not found something in this line.

Is there such a Bias, or is it embeded in other biases?

  • $\begingroup$ Actually, this is very different from the Dunning Krugger Effect. It's about being confident that you are perfectly following a logical argument, a set of instructions, etc, when, actually, there are many gaps in your understanding. Do you know when someone explains to you how to do something, you thing you understood, but when you get to do it, you figure you haven't understood? $\endgroup$
    – Vitu Tomaz
    May 30, 2017 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ In my opinion, the Dunning-Kruger effect also allows a temporary overconfidence (or lack of awareness) until faced with the truth. Or would you like an answer approaching this like a working-memory fault where you forget instructions (or failed to piece them together)? $\endgroup$ May 30, 2017 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ @VituTomaz There is a second answer in the question that refers to the illusion of explanatory depth, which may be closer to what you are looking for. $\endgroup$ May 31, 2017 at 5:33
  • $\begingroup$ @DesignerAnalyst that's exactly what I was looking for, thank you! $\endgroup$
    – Vitu Tomaz
    May 31, 2017 at 12:25


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