Attributions as Behavior Explanations : Toward a New Theory

@inproceedings{Malle2003AttributionsAB,
  title={Attributions as Behavior Explanations : Toward a New Theory},
  author={Bertram F. Malle and Kanouse Jones and Nisbett Kelley and Valins},
  year={2003}
}
Attribution theory has played a major role in social-psychological research. Unfortunately, the term attribution is ambiguous. According to one meaning, forming an attribution is making a dispositional (trait) inference from behavior; according to another meaning, forming an attribution is giving an explanation (especially of behavior). The focus of this paper is on the latter phenomenon of behavior explanations. In particular, I discuss a new theory of explanation that provides an alternative… CONTINUE READING