Gloomy but smarter: the academic consequences of attributional style.

@article{Houston1994GloomyBS,
  title={Gloomy but smarter: the academic consequences of attributional style.},
  author={Diane M Houston},
  journal={The British journal of social psychology},
  year={1994},
  volume={33 ( Pt 4)},
  pages={433-41}
}
The social psychological literature concerning the relationship between attribution and performance has documented the detrimental effects of particular types of attributional pattern on performance, expectancies and mood. The present paper reports three studies in which there was a consistent relationship between attributional style and actual performance. Undergraduate students who tended to attribute achievement-orientated failure to stable, and to some extent global, causes actually… CONTINUE READING