Cognitive Heuristics and Biases in Personality Assessment

  • Howard N. Garb
Part of the Social Psychological Applications to Social Issues book series (SPAS, volume 3)


Several investigators (e.g., Dawes, 1986; Leary & Miller, 1986; Turk & Salovey, 1986) have argued that the cognitive heuristics and biases formulated by Kahneman, Tversky, and others (Kahneman, Slovic, & Tversky, 1982; Nisbett & Ross, 1980) are descriptive of how psychologists and psychiatrists make judgments and decisions. Research on whether these heuristics and biases are descriptive of clinicians will be reviewed, comments will be made about how clinicians learn from experience, and implications for training and clinical practice will be discussed.


Personality Disorder Mental Health Professional Personality Assessment Antisocial Personality Disorder Confirmatory Bias 
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  • Howard N. Garb
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  1. 1.Psychology ServiceHighland Drive VA Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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