Outline and evaluate Kelley’s Covariation Model of Causal Attribution

• The most relevant lecture for this essay question is the one entitled “Attribution and Explanation” given by Paul Dickerson in week 4A.

• In this essay you should show an accurate understanding of Kelley’s covariation model of causal attribution and an ability to evaluate it in the light of other models and perspectives


Antaki, C. (1994). Explaining and Arguing. London: Sage 
Brown, R. (1986). Social Psychology: The Second Edition. New York: Free Press. 

Dickerson, P. (1998). ‘I did it for the nation: repertoires of intent in televised political discourse. British Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 477-494. 
Edwards, D. & Potter, J. (1992). Discursive Psychology. London: Sage. 

Jang, S. M. (2013). Framing responsibility in climate change discourse: Ethnocentric attribution bias, perceived causes, and policy attitudes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 36, 27-36. 

Kelley, H.H. (1973). The Process of Causal Attribution. American Psychologist, 28, 107-128. 
Kurz, T., Augoustinos, M., & Crabb, S. (2010). Contesting the ‘national interest’and maintaining ‘our lifestyle’: A discursive analysis of political rhetoric around climate change. British journal of social psychology, 49(3), 601-625. 

Hewstone, M. (1989). Causal Attribution: From cognitive processes to collective beliefs. Oxford: Blackwell. 

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