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Attribution tendencies (biases) 2. Actor-observer effect For observers, the fundamental attribution error occurs (look for internal reasons), but for actors it does not. As in when you are analyzing self, as the actor of behavior, you tend to look at external reasons. Tends to be stronger for negative events FAE holds for other’s actions, but not own Possible reasons: ego-defense, actor always has more info than observer (know self and self past better than people you observe), observer wants consistency (pay attention to the person to look for consistency) or…Visual salience Visual salience study: 8 subjects in study, two were asked to have a five minute conversation, assigned to have pro-life/ pro-choice discussion, three people were behind each person. . Therefore simulating being the actor of one discusser and the observer of the other person. They paid attention more to the person they were observing and they came up w/ more internal attributions for the observed person than their “actor self.” When you watched the tape of the discussion from the other vantage point you also had the actor-observer. This time you were “seeing yourself” and you made more internal attribution
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This note was uploaded on 05/28/2009 for the course PSYCH 200.133 taught by Professor Dr.drigotas during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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