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A meta-analysis of the perceptual hypothesis estimated the overall effect size to be large (r=.50) and stronger among college students (Paul, Salwen & Dupagne, 2000). A number of scholars have speculated that "experts" are particularly likely to overemphasize the effects of the media on others (Diamond, 1978).

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 05:29:15 AM EST
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Or underestimate the effect on themselves.

Humans are so broken.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 05:31:06 AM EST
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As I'm sure we all know (being smarter than the average) the name for someone with a more realistic view of their place in the world than is usual is "clinical depressive".
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 05:36:31 AM EST
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Either way I read those comments, they sound cold, self-validating, or street diagnosing.  

For some of us, mere humans, it´s hard to get the sarcasm. >-:

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Tue Jul 8th, 2008 at 12:31:33 PM EST
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