Chapter 9 Casual Attribution - Chapter 9: Casual...

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Chapter 9: Casual Attribution pp.337-377 12/03/2008 13:11:00 Attribution theory-  An umbrella term used to describe the set of theoretical  accounts of how people around them and the effects that people’s causal  assessments have.  Attribution-  linking a cause to an instance of behavior- one’s own or that of other  people. Explanatory style-  A person’s habitual way of explaining events, typically assessed  along three dimensions: internality/externality, stability/instability, and  globality/specificity. Explanatory style during young adulthood is a significant predictor of physical  health in later life.  At 45, 55, and 60 yrs old.  Boys are more likely than girls to attribute their failures to lack of effort, and  girls are more likely than boys to attribute their failure to lack of ability. Discounting principle-  The idea that we should assign reduced weight to a  particular cause of behavior if there are other plausible causes that might have  produced it. Augmentation principle-  The idea that we should assign greater weight to a  particular cause of behavior if there are other causes present that normally would  produce the opposite outcome.  Interviewing for astronaut vs. submariner position and being extroverted vs.  introverted studies. Covariation principle- 
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2009 for the course PSYCH 2800 taught by Professor Gilovich,t/regan,d during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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