Ch. 12 Vocab - W.W. Term Description personal attributions...

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11/29/2016 W.W. Norton StudySpace ­ Flashcards 1/2 Term Description personal attributions People's explanations for why events or actions occur that refer to people's internal characteristics, such as abilities, traits, moods, or efforts. situational attributions People's explanations for why events or actions occur that refer to external events, such as the weather, luck, accidents, or other people's actions. fundamental attribution error In explaining other people's behavior, the tendency to overemphasize personality traits and underestimate situational factors. actor/observer bias When interpreting our own behavior, we tend to focus on situations. When interpreting other people's behavior, we tend to focus on personal attributes. self­fulfilling prophecy People's tendency to behave in ways that confirm their own expectations or other people's expectations.

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