Attribution Theory

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Attribution Theory

The concept stating that people make decisions based on the factors they believe caused their present situations and seek to emulate or avoid those real or perceived causes. For example, if one believes investing in cotton caused one's bankruptcy, one may be unlikely to invest in cotton again, whether or not the supposition is true.
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In what the point of his theory lay, Levin did not understand, because he did not take the trouble to understand.
He put this down to his own credit, unaware that Metrov, who had already discussed his theory over and over again with all his intimate friends, talked of it with special eagerness to every new person, and in general was eager to talk to anyone of any subject that interested him, even if still obscure to himself.
No theory on the formation of coral-reefs can be considered satisfactory which does not include the three great
I venture, therefore, to affirm, that on the theory of the upward growth of the corals during the sinking of the land, [13] all the leading features in those wonderful structures, the lagoon-islands or atolls, which have so long excited the attention of voyagers, as well as in the no less wonderful barrier-reefs, whether encircling small islands or stretching for hundreds of miles along the shores of a continent, are simply explained.
Now, it is remarkable how generally it can be shown, by the presence of upraised organic remains, that the fringed islands have been elevated: and so far, this is indirect evidence in favour of our theory.
This doctrine, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory.
If it could be proved that any part of the structure of any one species had been formed for the exclusive good of another species, it would annihilate my theory, for such could not have been produced through natural selection.
Their interest in psychology is naturally centred in the relation of consciousness to its object, a problem which, properly, belongs rather to theory of knowledge.
To make this theory concrete, let us suppose that you are thinking of St.
I was about to put my opinion to the test by inquiring of this gentleman when you interrupted with your own--larger theory, I must confess.
The Theory hardly rose to the dignity of a Working Hypothesis.
The Researcher looked round him once more: and now the Facts accumulated in such bewildering profusion, that the Theory was lost among them.