Who are you protecting when you praise a dud performance?

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 05:  Designer Marc Jac...

‘Most of us have done it – told someone their performance was great when it was in fact woeful. But whose ego were we protecting? Theirs or our own? A new study has teased these possibilities apart by inviting 263 undergrad participants to read and provide feedback on an essay by another student on media violence and aggression.’ (via BPS Research Digest). 

One comment

  1. Stan

    As presented in the article, at least, it seems like this study confirmed/quantified the obvious–but science writing is so bad, I never assume a scientific study is accurately presented in the non-academic press.