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SocialThinking - Social Thinking 1. Social Psychology 2....

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Social Thinking 1. Social Psychology 2. Attribution 1. “Fundamental attribution error” 2. Explanation and reaction 3. Attitudes 1. Guiding vs stemming from behaviour 2. “Foot in the door” phenomenon 4. Cognitive Dissonance 1. Tension and implication Social Psychology ± the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to each other Attribution ± attribution theory : the idea that we tend to give a causal explanation for a person’s behaviour, often based on the situation or the person’s disposition ± fundamental attribution error : the tendency to underestimate the effect of the situation and to overestimate the effect of disposition as underlying observed behaviour ± for others, not for self (Heider, 1958)
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Effects of Attribution ± how we explain someone’s behaviour often drives how we react to it ± cultural differences = more individual vs systemic ± our attributions have real consequences Attitudes ± attitude : a belief/feeling that causes one to respond in a particular way to a person,
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2010 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Ennis during the Spring '09 term at Waterloo.

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