How Seligman's Learned Helplessness Theory Applies to Human Depression and Stress


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How did the dogs demonstrate learned helplessness in Seligman's study?

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1. Which of these is an example of an internal attribution?

2. Which of these attributions is most likely to cause learned helplessness?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Learned helplessness can be due to three attributions, and this quiz/worksheet duo can help you test your understanding of them. The quiz will also ask you to identify specific examples of attributions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following items:

  • Attribution most likely to cause learned helplessness
  • Examples of stable attribution
  • Things learned helplessness can cause
  • Example of internal attribution
  • Way in which dogs displayed learned helplessness in Seligman's study

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related learned helplessness lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of learned helplessness in connection with its common attributions
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main attributions, such as internal attribution and stable attribution

Additional Learning

By reviewing the corresponding lesson, How Seligman's Learned Helplessness Theory Applies to Human Depression & Stress, you can find out more about the attributes of helplessness. The lesson addresses these objectives:

  • Introduce Seligman's learned helplessness theory
  • Define classical conditioning and learned helplessness
  • Provide the link between attributions and learned helplessness
  • Define attribution, internal attribution, stable attribution, and global attribution
  • Describe studies on helplessness in humans, including college students
  • Explain the link between helplessness and stress