Point of view and perceptions of causality

  • Taylor S
  • Fiske S
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2 studies tested the hypothesis that attending to a particular individual in a social situation leads to regarding that individual as the causal agent in the situation. Both studies, using a total of 92 male and female college students, furnished strong support for the hypothesis. The effect did not extend to perceptions of individual behavior as more dispositionally based. The effect was not dependent on differential retention of information about the dependent on perceptual salience.

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  • attending to particular individual stranger in social situation, perceptions of causality in situation, college students

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  • Shelley E. Taylor

  • Susan T. Fiske

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