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Unformatted text preview: 1 Social Thinking Module 56 2 Focuses in Social Psychology Social psychology scientifically studies how we think about , influence , and relate to one another. We cannot live for ourselves alone. Herman Melville 3 Social Thinking Social thinking involves thinking about others, especially when they engage in doing things that are unexpected. 1. Does his absenteeism signify illness, laziness, a stressful work atmosphere? 2. Was the horror of 9/11 the work of crazed evil people or ordinary people corrupted by life events. 4 Attributing Behavior to Persons or to Situations Attribution Theory: Fritz Heider (1958) suggested that we have a tendency to give causal explanations for someones behavior, often by crediting either the situation or the persons disposition. h t t p : / / w w w . s t e d w a r d s . e d u Fritz Heider 5 Attributing Behavior to Persons or to Situations A teacher may wonder [think] whether a childs hostility reflects an aggressive personality ( dispositional attribution ) or a reaction to stress or abuse ( a situational attribution )....
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Ennis during the Winter '09 term at Waterloo.

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