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Edward Ellsworth Jones (1927-1993) was an influential social psychologist who worked at Duke University for most of his career, then moving to Princeton University in 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Harvard University.

Much of Jones' work is centered on the attribution process, co-developing his theory of correspondent inferences with Keith Davis. One of the most well-known single papers co-authored with Victor Harris in 1967 tested this theory and led to the development of the fundamental attribution error.

He studied and wrote a book on the psychology of ingratiation, and wrote and edited several other books. He was also an opponent of behaviorism.

In 2004, a book of his selected works was published by John Wiley & Sons, edited by former student Daniel Gilbert.

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Book ChaptersEdit

  • Jones, E. E. and Davis, K. E. (1965) From acts to dispositions: the attribution proces in social psychology, in L. Berkowitz (ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (Volume 2, pp. 219-266), New York: Academic Press
  • Jones, E.E., McGillis, Daniel, "Correspondence Inferences and the Attribution Cube: A Comparative Reappraisal," in John H. Harvey, William J. Ickes, and Robert F. Kidd, ed., New Directions in Attribution Research, Vol. 1 (Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum, 1976), pp. 389–420.
  • Jones, E. E. and Nisbett, R. E. (1972). The actor and the observer: Divergent perceptions of the causes of the behavior. In E. E. Jones, D. E. Kanouse, H. H. Kelley, R. E. Nisbett, S. Valins and B. Weiner (eds.), Attribution: Perceiving the causes of behavior (pp. 79-94). Morristown, NJ: General Learning Press.


  • Jones, E. E. and Harris, V. A. (1967). The attribution of attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 3, 1-24
  • Jones, E.E. and Berglas, S. (1978) Control of attributions about the self through self-handicapping strategies: the appeal of alcohol and the role of under-achievement, Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin 4: 200-6.

Further readingEdit

  • Baumeister, R.F. (1998). The interface between intrapsychic and interpersonal processes: Cognition, emotion, and self as adaptations to other people. In J.M. Darley & J. Cooper (Eds.), Attribution and social interaction: The legacy of Edward E. Jones (pp. 201-233). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Gilbert, D. T. (Ed.). (2004). The Selected Works of Edward E. Jones. ISBN 0471192260
  • Gilbert, D. T. (1998). Speeding with Ned: A personal view of the correspondence bias. In J. M. Darley & J. Cooper (Eds.), Attribution and social interaction: The legacy of E. E. Jones. Washington, DC: APA Press. PDF.

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