Attribution Theory and the Principle of Locus of Control


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The tendency of observers to underestimate the impact of the situation and overestimate the impact of inner dispositions upon another's behavior is called the _____.

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1. Molly made a 65 on her first math test. She was annoyed by this grade and blamed the teacher because he was a lousy math teacher. After the next math test Molly was pleased with her grade of 98. She attributed her good grade to her intelligence and proficiency in math. Molly made _____ attributions for her first exam and _____ attributions for the second.

2. Alex was passed over for a promotion at work. He feels his manager doesn't like him. Alex perceives the situational attributes as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of what exactly attribution theory is. To pass the quiz, you'll need to know how to identify external and internal attributions in situational examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The term for the type of bias where we attribute others' behavior to their disposition
  • The external and internal attributions in provided situations
  • Identifying situational attributes in a given scenario
  • The belief that personal actions will not affect a situation
  • Examples of internal factors

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as fundamental attribution error
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on attribution theory and the principle of locus of control
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding types of attributions and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about locus of control

Additional Learning

To learn more about how we attribute our successes and failures in life, review the corresponding lesson on Attribution Theory and the Principle of Locus of Control. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define attributions
  • Examine Bernard Weiner's attribution theory
  • Explore the three causal dimensions of attribution classification
  • Understand how these dimensions impact perception
  • Review how attributions are communicated to learners
  • Know about the types of attribution biases