sociology Chapter 3 outline - Chapter 3 Attribution theory...

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Chapter 3 Attribution theory – the theory of how people explain others behavior; for example, by attributing it either to internal dispositions or to external situations Dispositional attribution – attributing behavior to the person’s disposition and traits Situational attribution – attributing behavior to the environment Three factors – consistency, distinctiveness, and consensus, influence whether we attribute someone’s behavior to internal or external causes. Fundamental attribution error – the tendency for observers to underestimate situational influences and overestimate dispositional influences upon others’ behavior. Also called correspondence bias Why do we make the attribution error? An actor-observer difference – when we observe ourselves we know the environment commands our attention but when we observe the person is the center of our attention and the environment fades away. Camera perspective bias – who the camera is pointed at matters. If
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC 003 taught by Professor Robwahl during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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