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Unformatted text preview: at we place more emphasis on people’s private
actions than their public actions when assessing their motives.12 When our actions
are not open to public scrutiny, we are more likely to act out our genuine motives
and feelings. Thus, we place more emphasis on a co-worker’s private statements
about his boss than we do on his public relations with the boss. Distinctiveness Cues
Attribution cues that reflect the
extent to which a person engages
in some behaviour across a
variety of situations. Distinctiveness cues reflect the extent to which a person engages in some behaviour
across a variety of situations. When a behaviour occurs across a variety of situations, it lacks distinctiveness, and the observer is prone to provide a dispositional
attribution about its cause. We reason that the behaviour reflects a person’s true
motives if it “stands up” in a variety of environments. Thus, the professor who has
generous office hours, stays after class to talk to students, and attends student functions is seen as truly student oriented. The worker whose performance was good in
his first job as...
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- Spring '14