A descriptive account of social attribution development is presented, based upon a review of the pertinent literature. Research on the development of probability and logical concepts is briefly reviewed, and the relevance of these concepts for attribution development is discussed. A dialectical chronology of attribution development is proposed, based on the relative predominance of logical and probability concepts at each level. Three levels are proposed: Preoperational subjectivism, operational objectivism, and operational subjectivism. Although other researchers have discussed the contributions of cognitive development to attribution and person perception, here the role of probabilistic thinking has been incorporated into the model. The importance of the model for understanding misattribution and genetic epistemology is discussed.
- Development, cognitive
- Impression formation
- Reasoning, inductive-deductive
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology