Creeping Dispositionism: The Temporal Dynamics of Behavior Prediction

Shiri Nussbaum, Yaacov Trope, Nira Liberman

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Four studies tested the hypothesis that temporal distance increases the weight of global dispositions in predicting and explaining future behavior. Study 1 found that the correspondence bias was manifested more strongly in predictions of distant future behavior than of near future behavior. Study 2 found that participants predicted higher cross-situational consistency in distant future behavior than in near future behavior. Study 3 found that participants sought information about others' more global dispositions for predicting distant future than near future behavior. Finally, Study 4 found that participants made more global causal attributions for distant future outcomes than for near future outcomes. The results were interpreted as supporting the assumption of construal level theory that perceivers use more abstract representations (higher level construals) to predict and explain more distant future behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-497
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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