September 10 - September 10, 2010 Determining the causes of...

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September 10, 2010 Determining the causes of people’s behavior Patty Hearst College student in CA, wealthy heir to newspaper fortune Kidnapped by radical leftist group, SLA (capitalism haters) Locked in a closet, tortured, not fed well She helped SLA rob a bank She was tried for bank robbery, but she claimed that she did so under duress. But no one was holding a gun to her head; nobody was directly making her do it. She claimed she would be killed if she didn’t rob the bank. Attribution – WHY someone acted (or is acting) a certain way Dispositional – to the person (also called “internal”) Patty chose to act this way. Situational – to the situation (also called “external”) Target – specific external thing You didn’t come to class because you don’t like it. Context – more general You didn’t come to class because it’s raining. The “Rational” Models
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