Thomas C. Monson


Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Minnesota '76
Research Area: Social/Personality


Contact Information:
Office: 201 Behavioral Science
Telephone: (561) 297-3373
Fax: (561) 297-2160
E-mail: monsontc@fau.edu


General Research Interests

Thomas Monson directs the Person Perception Lab, which investigates the processes by which perceivers make attributions about the personality traits and other dispositions that can be used to describe people. Although many recent perspectives on the attribution process have emphasized the errors and biases in the attribution process, an alternative approach has been taken which suggests that people are much more accurate in their attributions than commonly assumed. This approach has been utilized to question some traditional assumptions about actor-observer differences in attributions, the utilization of the discounting and covariation principles, and motivational interpretations of what appear to be self-serving attributions. In addition, this approach has been utilized to provide some new insights into the attempt to specify when personality traits can and cannot be used to predict behavior.

Representative Publications

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