ATTRIBUTION THEORY

ATTRIBUTION THEORY - ATTRIBUTION THEORY How we process...

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How we process information about each other All attribution theories have 3 things in common: Human beings are naïve scientists Review current state of knowledge and apply it to current situation Make hypothesis, test it , control variables Results lead to a conclusion Person is like a theory Hypothesize their behaviors Impressions of others Strong motivational aspect We are motivated to make sense/give meaning to our experiences Father of attribution theory – Heider Brought subjects into lab and showed them a flim of 2 dots moving at all times People created stories Ex: One dot chasing the other Proves human motivation to give meaning How we give meaning to our experiences Perceived causality (two types) Why did a person act this way? What caused this behavior? 1. Internal/dispositional attribution Locate the cause of the person’s behavior as being something within the person Ability (or lack of), personality trait, knowledge 2. External/situational attribution
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