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To interpret the meaning of nonverbal behavior; such as deciding that a pat on the back was an expression of condescension and not kindness
Culturally determined rules about which nonverbal behaviors are appropriate to display
Nonverbal gestures that have well-understood definitions within a given culture. ("ok" sign)
Implicit Personality Theory
A schema people use to group various kinds of people together (ex. many people believe that kind people are also generous)
A description of the way in which people explain the causes of their own and other people's behavior
Inference that a person is acting a certain way because of something internal (such as attitude)
Inference that a person is acting a certain way because of the situation which a person is in (the assumption is that most people would respond the same way in that situation)
People expect others' behavior to correspond with their own beliefs and personalities
Two Step Process of Attribution
analyzing another person's behavior first by making an automatic internal attribution and only then thinking about possible situationl reasons for the behavior, after which one may adjust the origial iinternal attribution
The tendency to see other people's behavior as dispositionally caused but focusing more on the role of situational factors when explaining one's own behavior
Explanations for ones successes that credit internal, dispositional factors and explanations for one's failures that blame external, situational factors
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