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November 21st Lecture- "SOCIAL THINKING AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE"

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Department
Psychology
Course
Psychology 2035A/B
Professor
Doug Hazlewood
Semester
Fall

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Attributions and Errors 12192011 32400 PMTo know oneself is wisdom but to know ones neighbor is genius M Antrimhis little scenarios at the beginning have a few things in common What caused the event to occur Why is it occurringPart 1 Attribution Theory Perceiving the causes of behaviours A Fritz Heider 1944 studied how we made sense of other peoples behaviour Perceiving stability in an unstable world y Heiders insights o We perceive stability by making attributionsPerson attributionsAka dispositional internal attributions Reflect stable properties of people Environment attributionsAka situational external attributions Reflect stables of environmentso We have a need to perceive stabilityWe cannot tolerate a world that changes from minute to minute Gives us a sense of understanding prediction and control Eg an intelligent person will be intelligent now and in the future y Person attributions depend on perceived intentionso Equifinality persons behaviour is directed toward a single goal despite changes in the circumstances This is how we can determine the person intended their behaviour Conclude that person intended the behaviour sets the stage for person attributionscause of behaviour stems from within the person Eg the prof missions to get to a student who missed their exam just to rap them on their hand Did he intend to do this Well yes BUT what if he tripped on the wayy Then we would suggest that it was an accidentBehaviour initiates our ideas of someones intentions
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