The Ultimate Attribution Error: Extending Allport's Cognitive Analysis of Prejudice

  title={The Ultimate Attribution Error: Extending Allport's Cognitive Analysis of Prejudice},
  author={Thomas F. Pettigrew},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={461 - 476}
  • T. Pettigrew
  • Published 1 October 1979
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Allport's The Nature of Prejudice is a social psychological classic. Its delineation of the components and principles of prejudice remains modern, especially its handling of cognitive factors. The volume's cognitive contentions are outlined, and then extended with an application from attribution theory. An "ultimate attribution error" is proposed: (1) when prejudiced peonle perceive what they regard as a negative act by an outgroup member, they will more than others attribute it dispositionally… 
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