Overcoming the Curse of Knowledge

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J. Rosser Matthews, PhD, MPP, MPH, MWC

Dr. Matthews has many years of experience writing about medicine and health policy. Highly interdisciplinary background with formal training in wide-ranging quantitative (economic, biostatistical, epidemiological) and qualitative (ethical, legal, historical) methodologies. Years of experience making professional presentations and teaching courses on these issues; adept at “translating” between competing perspectives.


About this roundtable discussion: If you understand something very well, explaining it clearly to other people may be difficult. This mental blind spot is dubbed the “curse of knowledge” and it can contribute to unclear writing. Using examples from biomedical writing, this session will explain the concept and discuss ways to address the problem.