Covariation Model - Internal attribution She is an...

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Attribution Theories Covariation Model (Kelley) This theory can be applied to total strangers Reading a newspaper article about someone; watching a person’s actions Environmental vs personal attributes Presumes prior knowledge How a person’s actions effect your judgments of them Ex: Know a couple that’s out to dinner. Woman doesn’t treat man very well… 3 components: Consensus How would/do most people act in the same situation? High consensus – that’s how most people act in same situation External attribution Most women don’t like this man Low consensus – most people wouldn’t act this way Internal attribution of woman She’s rude Consistency How they’re acting in this immediate situation vs. how they act in the same situation over time (how she acts on dates with him) High consistency – how they’re acting now is the same as how they always act
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Unformatted text preview: Internal attribution She is an unpleasant person – why is he with her? Low consistency – how they’re acting now is different from how they usually act Situational – this doesn’t define her – she had a bad day External attribution Distinctiveness How is the person acting in this situation vs. how the person acts in other similar situations over time (how does she act on this date vs. how does she act on dates with other men) High distinctiveness – the way she’s treating him is different from the way she treats other men External attribution It’s something he’s doing to make her act this way Low distinctiveness – the way she’s treating him is the same as the way she treats other men Internal attribution She’s unpleasant...
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  • Spring '12
  • LarryNadler
  • external attribution, internal attribution, External attribution Distinctiveness, men External attribution, men Internal attribution

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