Cultural Differences in Attributional Patterns


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Greg saw Jody deliberately cut off another driver in traffic. He believes Jody must be an aggressive person. This is an example of _____ attribution.

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1. Dimitri is frustrated that his limousine company is losing money. He blames the sluggish economy for the downturn in business. This is an example of _____ attribution.

2. How do people in individualistic cultures differ from members in collectivistic cultures?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In these assessments, you'll be asked to match attributional patterns given a situation or a culture type.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be able to practice these topics in the quiz:

  • Examples of internal attribution
  • Another name for external attribution
  • A type of culture that values independence
  • The attributional patterns of a person who is part of a collectivistic culture

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of attribution as it applies to different types of cultures
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the attributional patterns of individualistic and collectivist cultures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the type of attribution being made in an example

Additional Learning

You can also read through the lesson entitled Cultural Differences in Attributional Patterns for a broader understanding of this topic. As a result, you'll learn enough about this topic to:

  • Name attributional patterns of different cultures
  • Identify the key differences between the two attributional patterns
  • Understand the factors that impact how a member of a certain culture makes attributions