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Perspective taking reduces the fundamental attribution error

Hooper, Nic; Erdogan, Ates; Keen, Georgia; Lawton, Katharine; McHugh, Louise

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Nic Hooper
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Ates Erdogan

Georgia Keen

Katharine Lawton

Louise McHugh


© 2015 Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. The fundamental attribution error (FAE) refers to the predisposition for people to attribute the behavior of others to dispositional characteristics, rather than situational causes external to the individual. The current study aimed to investigate whether pre-experimental perspective taking (PT) training could reduce the FAE. Participants were randomly assigned to either receive PT training, or to receive no training, before completing a typical attitude attribution task. This task required participants to watch a video clip of an actor reading an essay for or against capital punishment and then to infer the attitude of the actor. Results indicated that participants in the perspective taking condition experienced a significant reduction in the FAE compared to participants in the control condition.


Hooper, N., Erdogan, A., Keen, G., Lawton, K., & McHugh, L. (2015). Perspective taking reduces the fundamental attribution error. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 4(2), 69-72.

Journal Article Type Note
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2016
Journal Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
Print ISSN 2212-1447
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 69-72
Keywords perspective taking, fundamental attribution error
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Additional Information Additional Information : © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


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