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comm1.0131 - Comm 1 Mullin 1/31/08 Intrapersonal (cont.)...

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Comm 1 Mullin 1/31/08 Intrapersonal (cont.) Impression formation: the way we combine information to get a general “sense” of a person Attend to some info, not all (stable traits, negative, primacy effects) Organize info into a weighted average o Some info carries more weight then others Biases (halo, contrast effects, stereotyping) affect process Attribution Processes: the way we assign explanations for people’s behavior We attribute behavior to either internal or external causes Internal attribution: we see it as caused by the person/self; within the person’s control (personality traits) External attribution: we see it as caused by the situation or other factors outside the person’s control How do we decide? Past experiences Compare person’s behavior to other’s and to knowledge of past behavior Biases in attribution Fundamental attribution error – all things being equal, we tend to view other’s behavior as caused by internal factors
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course COMM 1 taught by Professor Mullin during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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