Attribution Bias

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Attribution Bias is a cognitive bias referring “to the systematic errors that a person makes when they try to find reasons for their own behaviors and motivations as well as the behaviors and motivations of others.”1

According to the Skeptic’s Dictionary, “We often have no idea about the situational factors that might influence another person or cause them to do what they do. We can usually easily imagine, however, a personal motive or personality trait that could account for most human actions. We usually have little difficulty in seeing when situational factors are at play in affecting our own behavior. In fact, people tend to over-emphasize the role of the situation in their own behaviors and under-emphasize the role of their own personal motives or personality traits.”2

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Notes

  1. https://www.alleydog.com/glossary/definition.php?term=Attribution+Bias
  2. http://skepdic.com/attribution.html
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