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Misattribution of Arousal

  • By: William Dragon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Misattribution of arousal occurs when people incorrectly identify the source of their physiological arousal. For example, one might incorrectly attribute elevated heart rate to the presence of a person sitting close by, when this physiological response ...

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