When and why are our social intuitions misguided and how can we fix them?

I study misguided social heuristics—that is, habitual behaviors that people think are effective in social interactions, but backfire. For example, people humblebrag, give backhanded compliments, namedrop, share an inside joke, or mansplain. People think these behaviors are effective in social interactions, but the consequences are often different from what they expect. My research investigates when and why people’s social intuitions are misguided and how they can fix these suboptimal behaviors.

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