The Fundamental Errors of Situationism

More about why the fundamental attribution error is overrated

In the previous part of this article, I examined Richard Nisbett’s claims that the fundamental attribution error-defined as overestimating the role of traits and underestimating the importance of situations-is a scientific concept that deserves to be more widely-known. I showed that this phenomenon is based on a false dichotomy between dispositions and situations in explaining behavior, and that the tendencies described by the fundamental attribution error have not actually been shown to be of…



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Scott McGreal

Blogging about psychology research, especially in personality and individual differences, as well as psychedelic drug research, and whatever else takes my fancy