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■ Does the person engage in the behaviour regularly and consistently?
(Consistency cues) Chapter 3 77 Perception, Attribution, and Judgment of Others Unusual behaviours provide us
with more information about a
person’s motives than do
conforming behaviours. ■ ■ Do most people engage in the behaviour, or is it unique to this person?
Does the person engage in the behaviour in many situations, or is it distinctive
to one situation? (Distinctiveness cues)
Let us examine consistency, consensus, and distinctiveness cues in more detail. Consistency Cues
Consistency cues reflect how consistently a person engages in some behaviour over
time. For example, unless we see clear evidence of external constraints that force a
behaviour to occur, we tend to perceive behaviour that a person performs regularly
as indicative of his or her true motives. In other words, high consistency leads to dispositional attributions. T...
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- Spring '14