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An interesting tendency we have involves our judgments about others, and emphasizing individual traits versus the situational influences that occur.  We tend to minimize the impact of the social environment; however, that is exactly what we seek to explore and emphasize within social psychology. Interestingly enough, we tend to use the social situation to explain our own behavior, but when discussing the behavior of others, these social influenced are less emphasized.

  • Write a 2-page double spaced response in which you describe fundamental attribution error.  Think of a time when you formed an incorrect initial judgment of another person based on a fundamental attribution error.  What aspects of the individual did you emphasize, and what aspects of the social situation did you minimize?  What was it that changed your initial perception of that individual after time?
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