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What is fundamental attribution error in psychology?

What is fundamental attribution error in psychology?

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School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Psychology
Course: Social Psychology
Professor: King
Term: Spring 2016
Tags: social, Psychology, CU, and Boulder
Cost: 25
Name: 2/6 Lecture Notes
Description: - Social Psych - 2/6 Lecture Notes
Uploaded: 02/08/2017
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What is fundamental attribution error in psychology?



Social Psych ­ Lecture Notes 

Locus Of Control: 

Aging

­ The older we get we shift towards ILOC

Trauma

­ Having a trauma occur in life will push people more towards having an ELOC

Sources of Bias in Attribution 

­ Mistakes that we make when we attribute cause 

1. Fundamental Attribution Error

a. Tendency to overestimate personality or dispositional factors while

ignoring situational factors 

b. Judging someone else without knowing all the facts 

c. Ex: Someone cuts you off in traffic and you get mad but you don’t 

know what they are going through and way they did that


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2. Actor­Observer Difference 

a. Tendency to attribute our behavior to situational causes and the 

behavior of others to personality or dispositional causes 

3. Confirmation Bias

a. Tendency to search for information that confirms our beliefs and  If you want to learn more check out What is the content of presidential reconstruction?
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attributions 

b. Ex: watching a TV station that aligns with your own beliefs  We also discuss several other topics like What is the acceptable macronutrient distribution range for each of the macronutrients?
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Schematic Reasoning  

Schema ­ Mental set used to help us organize information about the world we live in  ­ In 1970s Psychologist, David Rosenhan, wrote an article “On being sane, in  insane places” and took a bunch of adults who have no history of mental illness and had  them admitted to psychiatric hospitals to see if they would be treated as psychiatric  patients and see if the staff can tell. The staff could not tell that they were fake patients.  Told the patients to act completely normal, but these acts were taken as psychiatric acts. The staff couldn't tell but the other patients could all tell that these were fake patients.  The schema blinded even trained professionals 

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