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The Factors that Can Influence Behavior

Biali, Susan. 2007. Was Michael Jackson a Highly Sensitive Person(HSP)? Are You?

Retrieved from the Internet August 10, 2009.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prescriptions-life/200907/was-micha el-jackson-highly-sensitive-personhsp-are-you

Markman, Art. 2009. People, Situations, Attributions, and the Hollywood Movie.

Retrieved from the Internet August 10, 2009.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/200901/people-situ ations-attributions-and-the-hollywood-movie

Sommers, Sam. 2009. The Elusive Power of Daily Situations. Retrieved from the Internet August 10, 2009.

Sommers (2009) writes:
"As we know from decades of research in social psychology, many of us are far too inattentive to the power of the situation in our daily interactions."
Markman (2009) writes:
"The observation that we attribute other people's actions to their personality characteristics but our own actions to the situation has been called the Fundamental Attribution Error by social psychologists."
Biali (2007) identifies a personality trait that is defined by response to situations.
Read the background readings carefully.
(1) Summarize EACH article in one or two sentences, using your own words. Do not quote or closely paraphrase.

(2) Give an example of each idea from observation and./or from a movie, book or news story. That is, provide

=> An example of under-estimating the power of the situation in a daily interaction.

=> An example of a personality trait that varies with situation (e.g., "I am outgoing in a party but shy at work.")

=> An example of the Fundamental Attribution Error.

Do NOT include definitions or quotes. Each example should be at least a complete paragraph that tells a story exemplifying the concept. Relate each example back to the article.

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(1) Summarize EACH article in one or two sentences, using your own words. Do not quote or closely paraphrase.

#1. Behavior is influenced by social situations. Situations can cause individuals to behave in certain ways that they originally did not intend to.

#2. When placed in social situations, we have a tendency to blame others or the situation itself rather than consider the external factors or the part that we play in the occurrence of the situation. We often fail we put ourselves in other peoples' shoes when assessing a specific situation.

(2) Give an example ...

Solution Summary

Summary of the factors affecting behavior.

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