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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 2310
Professor
Saba Safdar
Semester
Fall

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Attribution Chapter 4 (LOOK AT ALL ATTRIBUTION THEORIES IN TEXT) Answering the Why Question - The difficult case of Tania Patricia Hearst - Two viable interpretations:  Her behaviour is primarily a function of situation  Her behaviour is primarily a function of personal disposition - “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is suppose that they are like himself” The Logic of Attribution - The attributional equation or the Lewinian equation: [ Behaviour = Situation + Disposition ] - To answer the question “why did Patricia Hearst rob the bank?” rearrange the equation: [ D = B – S ] Decision Rule - Discounting principle: The observer should not conclude that a person has a unique disposition to behave when the person does exactly what the situation pushes him or her to do.  The observer should conclude that a person has a unique disposition to behave when: a) the person does the opposite of what the situation pushes them to do b) when there is no situational push at all - Jones & Harris (1967) experiment The Correspondance Bias - Correspondence bias or fundamental attribution error: Tendency to correspond a person’s behaviour to personal disposition when the behav
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