Point of view and perceptions of causality

Shelley E. Taylor, Susan T. Fiske

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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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-445
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1975

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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


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