Social Psychology

Dispositional Attribution

In simple words, Attribution refers to explanation of behaviors whether others or our own. It is an important aspect of social psychology. Different psychologists have come up with different theories or models of attribution over the years.

[Related Reading: Attribution Theory]

What remains constant is that all of the theories revolve around two core types of attribution. They are:

Situational Attribution

In simple words, Attribution refers to explanation of behaviors whether others or our own. It is an important aspect of social psychology. Different psychologists have come up with different theories or models of attribution over the years.

[Related ReadingAttribution Theory]

What remains constant is that all of the theories revolve around two core types of attribution. They are:

Weiner Attribution Theory

Attribution theory was first developed by Fritz Heider in 1958. But, it was not able to cover every aspect and various different attribution theories were developed. Bernard Weiner, of the University of California at Los Angeles, developed what is now one of the popular theories of attribution.

Covariation Model

Covariation Model is an attribution theory in which a person tries to explain others' or her certain behavior through multiple observations. It deals with both social perception and self-perception of the person. It was proposed by Harold Kelley.

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Correspondent Inference Theory

This theory was formulated by Edward E. Jones and Keith Davis in 1965, which accounts for a person's inferences about an individual's certain behavior or action. The major purpose of this theory is to try and explain why people make internal or external attributions.

Internal or Dispositional attribution is more focused in this theory. In fact, situational or external causes of any actions are not dealt here.

Attribution Theory

“Attribution theory deals with how the social perceiver uses information to arrive at causal explanations for events.  It examines what information is gathered and how it is combined to form a causal judgment” (Fiske, & Taylor, 1991)