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Curse of Knowledge: Definition, Examples and Effects

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

The Curse of Knowledge is a cognitive bias that occurs when a person has knowledge of a certain topic or situation that makes it difficult for them to understand the perspective of someone who does not have that same knowledge. It can lead to communication breakdowns and misunderstandings between people who have different levels of knowledge.


Examples:

1. A teacher trying to explain a concept to a student who does not understand it.

2. A doctor trying to explain a medical procedure to a patient who does not have a medical background.

3. A software engineer trying to explain a complex coding concept to a non-technical colleague.


Effects: The Curse of Knowledge can lead to communication breakdowns and misunderstandings between people who have different levels of knowledge. It can also lead to frustration and confusion on the part of the person who does not have the same level of knowledge. Additionally, it can lead to a lack of trust and respect between the two parties, as the person with the knowledge may not take the time to explain the concept in a way that the other person can understand.


Do you want to expand your knowledge on this topic? Read our full in-depth article on cognitive biases.


Do you have extra 15 minutes today? Take our fun and interactive quiz to learn which of 16 reasoning styles you use, your overall level of rationality, and what you can do now to improve your rationality skills.

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