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attribution (of causality)

 theway in which we infer the causes of our own or another person's behaviour according to a set of cognitive rules and biases. Asa result of these strategies we decide whether a person's behaviour is caused by their ownstable characteristics, or whether it is a result of situational influences.

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September 27th 2021

actor/observer biases

 theserefer to the tendency for (a) ‘actors’ to explain their own behaviour in situationalterms and (b) observers to explain the behaviour of others in dispositional (person) terms.