Definition of attribution theory
- After studying how people explain others' behavior, Fritz Heider (1958) proposed an attribution theory. Heider noted that people usually attribute others' behavior either to their internal dispositions or to their external situations.
- —David G. Myers, Psychology, 2001
- Indeed, in accordance with tenets of attribution theory, teachers may be most apt to reject students whom they perceive as being able, yet unwilling, to control undesired behavior.
- —Bryan G. Cook et al., Journal of Special Education, January 2007