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Attribution - SOC IA L PSYCHOLOGY EXAM 1 NOTES AT T R IB U...

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S OCIAL P SYCHOLOGY E XAM 1 N OTES - A TTRIBUTION D IMENSIONS o Internal o External o Can be stable, unstable for both therefore 4 attributions I NTERNAL E XTERNAL S TABLE Personality traits Re-occurring situations U NSTABLE Mood, motivation Unpredictable situations o Want to make an internal attribution in order to identify a person and predict his/her behavior in the future T HEORIES o Heider’s levels of responsibility (if any of these are not found less likely to make an internal attribution) Association - want to associate person with the behavior Causation – did they cause this to happen Foresee-ability – could they foresee the potential consequences of their actions Intentionality – intended for it to happen Justifiability - some strong situational event that may have caused behavior (ie revenge) o Correspondent inference theory When someone does a behavior we know all possibilities so we compare their actions to what they did not do. When there is just on non common
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