. This article was prepared while the first author was at Vanderbilt University on sabbatical leave from Tel-Aviv University
Covariation, discounting, and augmentation: Towards a clarification of attributional principles
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 176–189, March 1978
How to Cite
Kruglanski, A. W., Schwartz, J. M., Maides, S. and Hamel, I. Z. (1978), Covariation, discounting, and augmentation: Towards a clarification of attributional principles. Journal of Personality, 46: 176–189. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1978.tb00609.x
- Issue online: 28 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received December 7, 1976.
Two experiments were conducted to examine the interrelation of the attributional principles of covariation, discounting, and augmentation. In Experiment 1 the presence (vs. absence) of covariation information was manipulated orthogonally to the number of plausible causes for an effect (one vs. two). In Experiment 2 the number of plausible causes for an effect (one vs. two) was manipulated orthogonally to the presence (vs. absence) of an inhibitory factor. The major findings of this research were interpreted to mean that the covariation principle may be applied concomitantly with the discounting principle and that the latter principle pertains to a different aspect of the attributional process than does the augmentation principle. Implications of these findings for the further development of attribution theory were considered.