Example: why does Tom like his psyc course? • Low consensus: almost no one, except Tom, likes psyc courses • High consistency: tom has liked psyc courses on other occasions • Low distinctiveness: tom likes all of his courses o Conclusion: internal attribution – there is something about Tom – Tom likes school • High consensus – almost everyone, like Tom, like psyc courses • High consistency – tome has liked psyc courses on other occasions • High distinctiveness – tom does not like any other courses o Conclusion: external attribution (its something about psyc courses, psyc courses are the best Augmentation principle • When a behavior occurs despite the presence of obstacles, we are likely to augment, or exaggerate, the person’s motivations and abilities o More likely to make an internal attribution Discounting principle • When there is more than one cause for a person’s behavior, we are likely to discount that person’s motivations and abilities
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