Social Psychology Attribution Attributions are inferences that people make about the causes of events and behavior. People make attributions in order to understand their experiences. Attributions strongly influence the way people interact with others. Types of Attributions Researchers classify attributions along two dimensions: internal vs. external and stable vs. unstable. By combining these two dimensions of attributes, researchers can classify a particular attribution as being internal-stable, internal-unstable, external-stable, or external-unstable. Internal vs. External Attribution theory proposes that the attributions people make about events and behavior can be classed as either internal or external. In an internal , or dispositional, attribution , people infer that an event or a person’s behavior is due to personal factors such as traits, abilities, or feelings. In an external , or situational, attribution , people infer that a person’s behavior is due to situational factors.
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