Topic 2 Psychological Dimension

The fundamental attribution error

The  fundamental attribution error was discovered by Social Psychologist when systematically studying how people explain the behavior of others (Ross, 1977; Ross et al., 1977). We tend to overestimate the influence of internal factors and underestimate external factors. We are more apt to judge the other as rude or unaware (internal factors) than caught off guard by a confusing or unclear question (external factor). That is how we see things when we are judging others. It is different when we evaluate ourselves