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PSYC 2310
Saba Safdar

thSeptember 25 2012Attitudes and Attribution Across CulturesMaking Attributions in Intercultural InteractionsPatriciawhy she was involved in the bank robberyNo matter what attributions there are errors involvedDifficult within our own cultureEven more complex when talking about people in a different cultureTypes of explanations o Ability internalo Task difficultyexternalo Efforto Luck Cultures differ in which one of these are likely to be used and emphasizedo Use different explanations for success and failureIf you succeed you find the reason within yourself o If you fail you find the reasons out of yourself ie The prof had an accentMaking Attributions in Intercultural InteractionsIsomorphic attribution Triandis 1977 o If you meet a samari and he asks if he can sleep with you it is a showing of trust because he is willing to sleep in the same room with you o Communication breakdown to our societyCultural Style of AttributionIn individualistic cultures people tend to focus on the individual as determining the cause of behaviour o People attribute success to ability and failure to external factorsIn collectivistic cultures people tend to give greater emphasis to external causes of individual behaviour o People attribute success to help from others and failure to the lack of effortLack of effort is in one persons control it is an adaptive way of dealing with failure The next time you will work harder because it is in your control Must Thank the CountryZhou Yang 18 receive Gold medal in the womens 1500 meters shorttrack speed skating in Vanouver winter Olympic 2010 o Was criticized later for not thanking the country because the country in the first place put her in that positionFundamental Attribution ErrorIs it possible that the fundamental attribution error is a uniquely western phenomenon There are cultural differencesOver emphasize personality and underplaying the situation factors
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