Self-Serving Bias: Definition & Examples


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Attribution theory states that ___________.

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1. We either explain behavior in terms of personality and disposition (internal factors), or we explain behavior in terms of ____________.

2. The self-serving bias is the tendency to attribute positive outcomes to our internal or personal factors and negative outcomes to _____________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Students who want to check their comprehension of self-serving bias can use this quiz/worksheet. It will challenge students to answer questions on self-serving bias, attribution theory, and the internal and external factors that cause them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet will test students on the following:

  • Definition of attribution theory
  • Internal and external factors
  • Definition of self-serving bias

Skills Practiced

Students who take this quiz will be practicing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - pull the key information from the related social psychology lesson
  • Defining key concepts - define terms such as self-serving bias and attribution theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding internal and external factors of behavior

Additional Learning

Want to know more about this subject? Check out the accompanying lesson titled Self-Serving Bias: Definition & Examples. It will meet the following objectives:

  • Define self-serving bias and attribution theory
  • Differentiate internal from external factors
  • Identify examples of internal vs. external factors