Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors


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According to Fritz Heider's attribution theory, a student who passed a test due to external causes _____.

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1. In terms of the additional work that Bernard Weiner did in relation to Heider's attribution theory, what type of factor would account for a skilled pilot having a turbulent landing due to windy conditions?

2. How might a poker player exhibit a self-serving bias?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz explore the factors, biases and errors that Heider discussed with regards to attribution theory. Working with questions based on examples, you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of these concepts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use this quiz to check your knowledge about:

  • The function of external causes
  • Factors involved in attribution theory
  • Biases and errors in assigning cause

Skills Practiced

In addition to reviewing your knowledge, this quiz allows you to practice:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding attribution theory and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about causes of behavior
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of errors in assigning cause

Additional Learning

More in-depth information about attribution theory can be found in the article related to this quiz, Attribution. Within the article you can find a discussion of the following topics:

  • Causes of behavior, both internal and external
  • Controllable and unstable factors of a person's behavior
  • How errors in assigning cause change the way people act