Cor­re­spon­dence Bias

TagLast edit: 24 Sep 2020 18:52 UTC by Ruby

Correspondence bias (also known as the fundamental attribution error) is the tendency to overestimate the the contribution of lasting traits and dispositions in determining people’s behavior, as compared to situational effects. We might see someone kicking a vending machine, and conclude they’re an inherently angry person. But maybe they just failed a test, had their driving license revoked, and had the machine eat their money for the third time this week. We think of the other person as an evil mutant and ourselves as righteous actors.

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Cor­re­spon­dence Bias

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Jun 2007 0:58 UTC
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49 comments3 min readLW link

Are Your Ene­mies In­nately Evil?

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Jun 2007 21:13 UTC
141 points
142 comments3 min readLW link

Chap­ter 5: The Fun­da­men­tal At­tri­bu­tion Error

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
29 points
2 comments11 min readLW link

Fun and Games with Cog­ni­tive Biases

Cosmos18 Feb 2011 20:38 UTC
82 points
28 comments6 min readLW link
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