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School
University of Waterloo
Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 253
Professor
Hilary B Bergsieker
Semester
Fall

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PSYCH 253 ATTRIBUTION AND PERSON PERCEPTION SEPT 18 Social Cognition - How we select/interpret/remember info about ourselves and our social world - How this info influences judgments Motivated AnthropomorphismSeeing human features in inanimate objects Gestalt Impressions: Whole is greater than sum of its parts Thin-Slice Accuracy: snap judgments we make based off first impressions are usually accurate Attribution: Process of explaining why people do what they do - Help predict/control environment - Help determine thoughts/feelings/behaviors - Influence expectations for future 2 basic types of attributions: - Internal/personal attributions (personality/ability/attitude) - External/situational attributions (pressure/other factors influence behavior) Correspondence Inference Theory - People often infer that behaviors correspond to traits of the people (ex. If you see someone engage in cruel behavior, you tend to think they’re a cruel person) - Behavior must be voluntary/by choice Covariation Model - We use different dimensions to determine which behavior is caused by a person’s traits or from external sources - If a motivate is causing a behavior it must be present - Attributions based on 3 aspects of the event: 1. Consensus: what do other people think or do (how the behavior comp
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