Distinctiveness cues distinctiveness cues attribution

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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 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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