Misattribution Theory: Definition & Explanation


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Misattribution theory states that _____.

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1. In order to have an emotion, we must be aroused physically and we must _____.

2. When we mistakenly attribute an emotion to an unrelated stimulus, we _____.

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on misattribution theory. Some of the components that you will be assessed on include stimulus and arousal.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Define misattribution theory
  • Arousal and emotion
  • How people react to an unrelated stimulus
  • Dutton and Aron experiment
  • Misattribution example

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related misattribution lesson
  • Making connections- use understanding of the concept to define arousal
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Dutton and Aron experiment
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the misattribution theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about misattribution and the ways people transfer emotions, review the accompanying lesson Misattribution Theory in Psychology. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn how to avoid misattribution
  • Apply misattribution theory to examples
  • Know the facts of the 1974 research study
  • Characteristics of arousal