Unique and Nonunique Aspects of Attribution
In a review chapter published several years ago, Kelley and Michela (1980) noted that the available attributional notions are piecemeal and greatly in need of synthesis. The present chapter attempts such a synthesis, based on the present epistemic theory. In many ways this work continues my earlier attempts to integrate the field of attribution (Kruglanski, 1980; Kruglanski, Hamel, Maides, and Schwartz, 1978) yet it differs from those initial endeavors in two principal respects: (1) by taking into account relevant research findings published since and (2) by explicitly incorporating the motivational dimension of epistemic behavior barely mentioned in those earlier analyses.
KeywordsCausal Attribution Attribution Theory Causal Hypothesis Epistemic Process Causal Category
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