Attribution Theory

Social psychologists have long tried to understand how people explain everyday occurrences in secular terms. The results of their efforts have been consolidated under the general term of attribution theory, a theory developed by Fritz Heider. People seek to explain experiences and events by attributing them to causes. Borrowed from social psychology, the term attribution has two main meanings. The first explains behaviors, and the second refers to inferences or ascriptions (e.g., ascribing blame to a person). The process of assigning is common to these two meanings: In the first case, a behavior is assigned to its case, and in the second, a quality is assigned to the agent based on its cause.

The study of perceived causation is identified by the term attribution theory, ...

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