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Intellectual Humility and Responding to an Intellectual Failure: The Role of Self-improvement and Self-Enhancement Motives 

by Young-Ju Ryu, Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, & Gabriele Oettingen

In two studies, we found that intellectually humble people are more likely to compare themselves with others in the face of intellectual failure with the motive to learn (i.e., self-improvement motivation), subsequently feeling better after the failure. Intellectual humility and the motive to protect their ego (i.e., self-enhancement motivation) had no relationship (in Study 1) or were negatively related (in Study 2). 

Intellectual Humility Predicts Reductions in False Beliefs via Information Search 

by Anton Gollwitzer, Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, & Gabriele Oettingen

Three longitudinal studies indicated that intellectual humble people significantly reduced their false beliefs (anti-vaccine belief, anti-mask belief, voter fraud belief) over time. This effect was mediated by information search for counter-evidence.

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Identifying the Facilitators and Inhibitors of Intellectual Humility: Psychological Network Analysis Approach

by Jiin Jung, Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, Anton Gollwitzer, & Gabriele Oettingen

The current study identified potential antecedents of intellectual humility that are central in our psychological system of knowledge construction. Two potential facilitators are objectivism and gratitude, and two potential inhibitors are dogmatism and low self-esteem.

Intellectual humility predicts COVID‐19 preventive practices through greater adoption of data‐driven information and feelings of responsibility

by Young‐Ju Ryu, Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, Anton Gollwitzer, & Gabriele Oettingen

Two studies found that intellectually humble individuals were more likely to follow preventive health measures during COVID-19, such as  social distancing, handwashing, and mask-wearing. This relationships was driven by the propensity of intellectually humble people to adopt information from data-driven sources and their heightened sense of responsibility for COVID-19 outcomes. These findings were observed consistently over time and highlight the importance of intellectual humility in making informed decisions during public health crises.

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