Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
Sections

Commentaries on this Media!

Representativeness in "Good Will Hunting"

by Charity-Joy Acchiardo

In a scene from the 1997 feature “Good Will Hunting”, Professor Lambeau hopes to find the student who solved a complex maths problem. It turns out though, that it was the janitor (Will Hunting) with genius-level IQ who solved it. Representativeness bias occurs when we over-estimate or under-estimate the likelihood of an event by comparing it to an existing prototype that already exists in our minds. Our prototype is what we think is the most representative example of that population. In this case, the Professor’s prototype janitor led him to overestimate the chances that the Janitor was up to no good.

Representativeness in "Good Will Hunting"

Professor Lambeau hopes to find the student who solved a maths problem but it was the janitor who solved it. Representativeness bias occurs when we over- or under-estimate the likelihood of an event by comparing it to an existing prototype.

from Good Will Hunting (1997)
Creator: Lawrence Bender
Distributor: Miramax Films
Posted by Charity-Joy Acchiardo
Keywords
Genres
Options