Cognitive Underpinnings of Diagnostic Error

Gordon, Ruthanna PhD; Franklin, Nancy PhD


Unfortunately, general limits in cognitive performance extend to diagnostic situations. The authors remain optimistic about reducing cognition-based error, but not as optimistic as Croskerry (see his accompanying article), since the reality is that predictable patterns of error will persist.

Dr. Gordon is a graduate student, and Dr. Franklin is associate professor, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York.

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This article and the preceding one are responses to the article by Croskerry in this issue.

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