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Module 55: Social Thinking 1. Attributing Behavior to Persons or to Situations a. According to attribution theory, our behavior changes with various situations. i. Attribution Theory: suggests how we explain someone’s behavior – by crediting either the situation or the person’s disposition ii. Fundamental Attribution Error: the tendency for observers, when analyzing another’s behavior, to underestimate the impact of the situation and to overestimate the impact of personal deposition b. The Effects of Attribution i. Attributions are made by many people. For example, managers make attributions about their employees. They think that poor performance may come from lack of motivation or low ability, when it could actually come from poor working conditions and/or difficult employees 2. Attitudes and Actions a. Attitudes are feelings, based on our beliefs, that predispose us to respond in a particular way to objects, people, and events b. Attitudes Can Affect Actions i. Behavior is a reflection of attitude. If you have a poor attitude towards a
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course PSYCH 111 taught by Professor Schreier during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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