What is Attribution Theory?
- A theoretical perspective that focuses on people's attributions concerning the causes of events that befall them, as well as on the behaviors that result from such attributions (Ormrod, 2003)
- States that individuals are motivated to discover the underlying causes of behavior as part of their effort to make sense of it (Santrock, 2003)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are we inherently curious about the causes and consequences of our behaviors? Does this mean that all people are somewhat psychologists, in a simple sense?
- What different attributions have been uncovered and tallied by this theory? Does the theory also cover the mechanism in which these attributions were formed? Does the theory also attempt to discover how these attributions can benefit or hurt the people who holds them firm? Does the theory also study about how negative attributions can be transformed into positive ones?