What is the concept and impact of Group Attribution Error?

Group attribution error, also known as the ultimate attribution error, is a cognitive bias that occurs when individuals make inaccurate attributions about the behavior of members of a certain group. This bias can lead to stereotyping and discrimination against certain groups, and has a significant impact on how people perceive and interact with those around them. In this essay, we will explore the concept of group attribution error, its underlying causes, and the consequences it has on individuals, groups, and society as a whole. By understanding this phenomenon, we can better recognize and challenge our own biases, and work towards creating a more inclusive and understanding society.

The group attribution error is a group-serving, attributional bias identical to the fundamental attribution error except that it occurs between different groups rather than different individuals.

Group members are more likely to attribute the decisions of their own group to its decision rules, while they tend to attribute the decisions of another group to its members’ attitude.

The group attribution error was first reported by Scott Allison and David Messick.

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