Psychology 1000 Chapter Notes - Chapter 16: Fundamental Attribution Error, Cognitive Dissonance, Social Loafing

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Judgments about the causes of our own and other people"s behavior and outcomes. Attributions influence our subsequent behavior and emotions. Personal vs. situational attributions: personal (internal) attributions infer that people"s behavior is caused by their characteristics, situational (external) attributions infer that aspects of the situation cause a behavior. When all these factors are high, we are likely to make a situational attribution. But, when consistency is high and other factors are low, it may be a personal attribution. People sometimes make snap judgments that bias their attributions. Attributional biases: fundamental attribution error: we underestimate the impact of the situation and overestimate the role of personal factors when explaining other people"s behavior. The fundamental attribution error applies to how we perceive other people"s behavior, rather than our own i. e. slow driver in front of us is a moron" and fast driver trying to pass us is a. As well, figure ground relations come into play.

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