Attribution Errors: An Introduction

Travis DixonUncategorized

Discuss two errors in attributions.

  • Self-Serving Bias
  • Fundamental Attribution Error

It is important that you can define both of these attribution errors. It is also important that you are using, and that you understand terms like situational and dispositional factors. These are important to understand throughout the whole socio-cultural level of analysis.

Self-Serving Bias:

When we attribute our success to disposition and our failures to situational factors.

Fundamental Attribution Error:

When we over-emphasize the influence of dispositional factors when we are attributing the cause of someone else’s behaviour.

Here’s a video that may help you learn a little bit about Fidel Castro who features in the Jones and Harris Study