Week 13 - Social Psychology Topic 11 Dr. Natalie Gasson...

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Social Psychology Topic 11 Dr. Natalie Gasson Psychology 123
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What is Social Psychology? “…social psychology is the study of the mutual  influences  between an individual and other  people” Research in social psychology emphasises  individual behaviour but  considers it in terms of  interaction with others and influences of others
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Attribution Theory Tendency to give a casual explanation for our  own and other people’s behaviour, often by  crediting either the situation  or the person ’s  disposition
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Three models of how we make attributions: 1. Heider (internal vs. external) 2. Weiner and colleagues (internal vs. external;  stable vs. unstable) 3. Kelley (covariation model)
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Heider (1955) Naïve analysis of action Internal vs. external attributions Behaviour is caused by the: Internal attributions (characteristics and  qualities of the person) External attributions (situation the person was  in)
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Image of couple in car  (Myers, 2004, p. 697)
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Internal vs. external attributions (disposition vs.  situation) Stable vs. unstable attributions
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Week 13 - Social Psychology Topic 11 Dr. Natalie Gasson...

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