Perceptions and attributions

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Perceptions and attributions

Gestalt psychologist Fritz Heider is often described as the earlyth-century "father of attribution theory". Heider's answer that perceivers attribute that which they "directly" sense — vibrations in the air for instance — to an object they construe as causing those sense data.

For example, if Jacob's car tire is punctured he may attribute that to a hole in the road; by making attributions to the poor condition of the highway, he can make sense of the event without any discomfort that it may in reality have been the result of his bad driving. This concept has overlap with the Locus of control, in which individuals feel they are personally responsible for everything that happens to them.

In his theory, he believed that people observe, analyze, and explain behaviors with explanations. Although people have different kinds of explanations for the events of human behaviors, Heider found it is very useful to group explanation into two categories; Internal personal and external situational attributions.

When an external attribution is made, the cause of the given behavior is assigned to the situation in which the behavior was seen such as the task, other people, or luck that the individual producing the behavior did so because of the surrounding environment or the social situation.

These two types lead to very different perceptions of the individual engaging in a behavior. Correspondent inference theory Correspondent inferences state that people make inferences about a person when their actions are freely chosen, are unexpected, and result in a small number of desirable effects.

Jones and Keith Davis' correspondent inference theory, people make correspondent inferences by reviewing the context of behavior. It describes how people try to find out individual's personal characteristics from the behavioral evidence. People make inferences on the basis of three factors; degree of choice, expectedness of behavior, and effects of someone's behaviors.

An average person would not want to donate as much as the first man because they would lose a lot of money. By donating half of his money, it is easier for someone to figure out what the first man's personality is like.

The second factor, that affects correspondence of action and inferred characteristic, is the number of differences between the choices made and the previous alternatives. If there aren't many differences, the assumption made will match the action because it is easy to guess the important aspect between each choice.

Covariation model The covariation model states that people attribute behavior to the factors that are present when a behavior occurs and absent when it does not.

Thus, the theory assumes that people make causal attributions in a rational, logical fashion, and that they assign the cause of an action to the factor that co-varies most closely with that action.

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The first is consensus information, or information on how other people in the same situation and with the same stimulus behave. The second is distinctive information, or how the individual responds to different stimuli.

The third is consistency information, or how frequent the individual's behavior can be observed with similar stimulus but varied situations. From these three sources of information observers make attribution decisions on the individual's behavior as either internal or external. There have been claims that people under-utilise consensus information, although there has been some dispute over this.

Perceptions and attributions

Each of these levels influences the three covariation model criteria. High consensus is when many people can agree on an event or area of interest. Low consensus is when very few people can agree. High distinctiveness is when the event or area of interest is very unusual, whereas low distinctness is when the event or area of interest is fairly common.

High consistency is when the event or area of interest continues for a length of time and low consistency is when the event or area of interest goes away quickly.

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Weiner suggests that individuals exert their attribution search and cognitively evaluate casual properties on the behaviors they experience.

When attributions lead to positive affect and high expectancy of future success, such attributions should result in greater willingness to approach to similar achievement tasks in the future than those attributions that produce negative affect and low expectancy of future success. Weiner's achievement attribution has three categories: Bias and errors[ edit ] While people strive to find reasons for behaviors, they fall into many traps of biases and errors.

As Fritz Heider says, "our perceptions of causality are often distorted by our needs and certain cognitive biases ". Fundamental attribution error[ edit ] Main article:Lecture 04 - Social Psych. Social Perception/ Attribution (Adapted from Myers; Michener et al) Social Perception.

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