The present study explored the impact that the fundamental attribution error may have on a person's likelihood to behave aggressively. Participants were 44 undergraduate students aged 18-24 from a large Midwestern University, who participated in the experiment for extra credit in an introductory psychology course. Participants were tested individually and assigned to one of two conditions, in which they did or did not receive an explanation for a rude experimenter's behavior. Participants were then asked to rate the rude experimenter on aspects such as professionalism, punctuality, and the likelihood that the participants would hire this experimenter as an intern. The data supported the notion that the fundamental attribution error had an effect on aggression. These results are consistent with the findings of previous research.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Young, Katie; Bjorlo, Kate; and Shook, Jimmy
"The Effects of the Fundamental Attribution Error on Aggression,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 61.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/61