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Attribution Theory

  • By: David Trafimow
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Fritz Heider, in his book The Psychology of Interpersonal Relations, theorized that people function like naive scientists to determine causes of behaviors; people's thoughts about the causes of their own and others' behaviors are termed attributions. This ...