David A. Dunning

Faculty Associate, RCGD
Professor, Psychology
David A. Dunning


David Dunning's research focuses on the psychology underlying human misbelief. In his most widely-cited work, he showed that people tend to hold flattering opinions of their competence, character and prospects that cannot be justified from objective evidence, a phenomenon that carries many implications for health, education, the workplace, and economic exchange. Dr. Dunning also examines how many of these same processes also injure judgments made by groups. His other research focuses on decision-making in various setting and also how people's preferences and wishes distort their judgements and conclusions.

  • Individual Differences in Motivated Reasoning. (David A. Dunning) 2020-2023. Templeton.
  • Epistemic Trespassing in Public Discourse. (David A. Dunning) 2017-2019. Templeton, John, Foundation.