Correspondent Inference Theory

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Correspondent Inference Theory When we observe a person’s behavior, we should think about what we learn about the person We are going to feel we learn more about the person if we can make an internal disposition as opposed to an external disposition – able to define their behavior by internal characteristics – more informative/preferred Sources of social info that allow us to make accurate internal attributions Non-common Effects The fewer non-common effects, the more we can make accurate internal attributions Ex: choosing a class – based on time, professor, course… Unsure what to attribute their decision to unless only 1 difference Social Desirability Adhere to social norms and behaviors of the culture When acting a socially undesirable way, this is very informative This presumes the person knows the norms, but acts out anyways. It’s a reflection of how they feel/behave Able to make internal attribution when unexpected behaviors occur Ex: ordering at a fast food restaurant
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course COM 336 taught by Professor Larrynadler during the Spring '12 term at Miami University.

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