The Importance of Appropriate Matching of Confidence and Competence in Radiology Training and Beyond
Clin Imaging . 2020 May 12;66:64-66. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.04.031. Online ahead of print.
Andrew D Schweitzer
In professional sports, commentators often equate an athlete's confidence with stellar performance. A basketball player who makes a series of consecutive shots is often said to be “playing with such great confidence.” (Interestingly, the “hot hand” in basketball has been shown to be statistically likely to be due to chance .) Meanwhile, a series of missed shots may be attributed to an athlete's low confidence, rather than overconfidence in their own shooting ability. Using this logic, it follows that the relationship between confidence and performance is a clear direct one: low is bad and high is good.
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