A Social Check On The Fundamental Attribution Error

How to use accountability to reduce the fundamental attribution effect…

What is the Fundamental Attribution Error? (via Wikipedia)

In attribution theory, the fundamental attribution error (also known as correspondence bias or attribution effect) is a theory describing cognitive tendency to predominantly over-value dispositional, or personality-based, explanations (i.e., attributions or interpretations) for the observed behaviors of others, thus under-valuing or failing to acknowledge the potentiality of situational attributions or situational explanations for the behavioral motives of others. In other words, people predominantly presume that the actions of others are indicative of the “kind” of person they are, rather than the kind of situations that compels their behavior. However, the over attribution effect generally does not account for our own ability to self-justify our behaviors; we tend to prefer interpreting our own actions in terms of the situational variables accessible to our awareness. This discrepancy is called the actor-observer bias and stands in direct opposition of the Fundamental Attribution Error.

A Social Check on the Fundamental Attribution Error

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02. October 2009 by Miguel Barbosa
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