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ERIC Number: ED182636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Expectancy, Perceived Freedom and the Attribution of Attitudes.
Croxton, Jack S.; Miller, Arthur G.
The relationship between perceived freedom and the attribution of attitudes was investigated. Observers were asked to infer an attitude from an actor's behavior when the actor's behavioral freedom was ambiguous. Attributions of attitude corresponded less to the behavior when it was unexpected and when the actor's potential lack of freedom was made salient. Results suggest that even though observers may generally overattribute an actor's behavior to an internal disposition of that actor, they are quite disposed to acknowledge potential situational or contextual variables to make the behavior more easily understandable. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)