Attributions and Information Processing

  • Jerry M. Burger
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


Attribution theory has been called “the dominant theoretical perspective” in social psychology (Aron & Aron, 1986). For more than a quarter of a decade now, the study of how people go about explaining the causes of their own and other people’s behavior has been a cornerstone of social psychology research. Work on attributions began as an extension of research on person perception, but the applications of some of the findings soon became apparent to psychologists working in other areas. Consequently, understanding the attributions people make for themselves and the behavior of others has proven quite useful in understanding such diverse topics as depression, educational achievement, and relationships.


Control Subject Negative Life Event Correct Guess Unrealistic Optimism High Desire 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry M. Burger
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  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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