FACTORS UNDERLYING ILLUSORY SELF-ASSESSMENT OF DRIVING SKILL IN MALES AND FEMALES

While it is known that drivers as a group rate their skills as better than the average, the mechanism underlying this illusion is unclear. It is possible, for example, that it is due either to a 'positive self' or 'negative-other' bias. A test of these alternative hupotheses revealed that judgments are consistent with a 'positive-self' bias. An attempt was made to determine whether the illusion was present in all areas of driving skill or whether there were specific components where the illusion was absent. For men, the bias was present in all the driving components examined. For women, there were several areas where they rated themselves less positively than men, and four areas where they showed no evidence of any bias. When the effect of driving experiences were statistically controlled for, however, these sex differences were found to be substantially reduced.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • McKenna, F P
    • Stainer, R A
    • Lewis, C
  • Publication Date: 1991-2

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  • Accession Number: 00605124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 051
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM