University of Chicago Assistant Professor Ed O’Brien studies how accurately we appraise ourselves. For example, are we, overall, better people than we used to be? And how accurate are our specific predictions, for example, how likely we are to lose weight? O’Brien also looks at what affects our recommendations’ accuracy, for example, what movie to see? Finally, he goes beyond description and opines on how we might actually improve rather than just think we’re improving.
Pacific Standard named Ed O’Brien one of the Top 30 Thinkers Under 30. His research has been profiled on NPR, The Atlantic, TIME, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. He is my PsychologyToday.com Up-and-Comer interview today.