The Illusion of Explanatory Depth from the Perspective of Gender Socialization
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The illusion of explanatory depth – an unknown term in a known everyday life. Despite the fact that the term ‘illusion of explanatory depth’ has been coined quite recently, this work proves its importance and the need for further examination alongside with proliferation of the term. The author found it especially applicable to Eastern Europe because this term is rarely mentioned in the literature of these countries. The purpose of the paper is to define the illusion of explanatory depth and explore this phenomenon from the perspective of gender socialization. Who can access one’s knowledge in the most rational way? This is the question that the paper answers. The review of literature is followed by the discussion of methodological techniques that are implemented to analyse and modify the data intended to indicate the level of the illusion of explanatory depth for males and females, comparing their results and providing relevant conclusions. The empirical study on more than 200 international students aims to analyse the results of males and females from the perspective of the field of study one has – social experiment and the data collected by the author proceeded to the apropos conclusion and definitione of the hypothesis. The author managed to prove that gender defines the person’s level of the illusion of explanatory depth. The study that was conducted is the starting point for the future examination of further hypotheses. A review of literature of a different nature helps to confirm the importance and relevance of the topic and the theory of the illusion of explanatory depth entirely. An aspect of the particular significance of this study is familiarizing readers with the concept of the illusion of explanatory depth, which is scientifically underestimated and not independently widely known on its own. This paper aims to showcase that it is a phenomenon deserving attention and further scientific research in the field of behavioural economics. It is one of the goals of this paper to encourage further studies based on the paper from the perspective of the classical model of economics pursuing rational consumer behaviour. Empirical research shows that people have different levels of the illusion of explanatory depth and rationality, hence the same methods of influencing the perception channels cannot be of the same efficiency. The paper has the theoretical and practical potential to be significant for the following fields of research: marketing, sociology, economics, and behavioural economics. And now, think about a person who is always rational, behaves in the best possible way and analyses all circumstances while in the middle of a critical or stressful situation? Think about a person who is always right – the one who always chooses the best possible option. Think about a person who is never rude because they know it may have its consequences. Think about a person who has never spent a dollar on something they do not really need. Think about a person who has never broken someone’s heart and has never been brokenhearted. This person would be called an econ – the one who is always rational in all matters. So? How many friends, relatives, ex boyfriends or girlfriends can you think about? Or do you think it is you – the one who is always right? Behavioural economists agree – none of us is an econ. Do you want to know why? This book is just for you, so welcome to the world where one of the most rational sciences, economics, tells you why all of us are perfectly irrational.
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