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Unformatted text preview: Study Question #5: Person D has just witnessed her boyfriend (actor) arguing with his brother (entity). Use what you learned in class and from the text (1) to identify the types of attributions she might make for this behavior, (2) to discuss the biases that might affect her attributions, and (3) to explain briefly the conditions under which she might make an internal rather than an entity or circumstances attribution for his behavior. Identify the types of attributions she might make for his behavior: There are four possible attributions she could make for his behavior. These attributions would be dependent upon two factors, whether she thinks that the behavior is attributed to internal causes, meaning they arise from things going on inside the mind of her boyfriend, or to external causes, meaning they arise from the circumstances and environment surrounding her boyfriend and whether she thinks that the causes for this behavior are stable, meaning that they are lasting, or unstable, meaning that they are temporary. If she believes that the factors causing her boyfriend’s behavior are internal and stable, then she will think that they are caused by her boyfriend’s disposition, meaning something inside him that is relatively stable like his traits or ways of thinking. For instance, he might be a naturally argumentative guy. If she believes that the factors are internal and unstable, then she will think that they are caused by her boyfriend’s state, or temporary state of mind. For example, he could just be stressed out from a bad day and his brother got on his last nerve. If she believes that the factors are external and stable, then she will think that they are caused by the entity, or the object that her boyfriend is behaving towards, his brother. Maybe his brother has always made an effort to annoy and get into arguments with him. Lastly, if she believes that the factors are external and instable, then she will think that they are caused by the surrounding circumstances. Like if something they strongly disagreed upon, like politics, naturally came up in the conversion and made the two normally calm and respectful brothers start to heatedly argue....
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- Fall '05
- Cognitive Bias, Boyfriend