Fundamental Attribution Error Mini-Lesson

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Fundamental Attribution Error Mini-Lesson

  1. Have students pair up and interview each other to find out what the other person is like.
  2. After a few moments, give them a questionnaire about the other person.
  3. When they have completed the questionnaire about their partners, have them respond to the same questionnaire about themselves.
  4. Then ask all participants to count the number of times they marked “depends on situation” for their partner and themselves.

People are more likely to choose “depends on situation” for themselves than for others — the Fundamental Attribution Error — attributing their behavior to the situation and the behavior of other people to their personality.

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