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1. The act of attributing, especially the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.
2. Something, such as a quality or characteristic, that is related to a particular possessor; an attribute.

at′tri·bu′tion·al adj.


of or relating to the act of attributing
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To get a broader picture, we added four more causes to the traditional list of causes found in Weiner's attributional theory.
There are many variables that influence impression formation, including the valence of the event, information that is disclosed by the target, the timing of the disclosure in the interaction, whether the target disclosing the information is responsible for the event (Jones & Gordon, 1972), and whether the person making the evaluative judgment has a pessimistic or optimistic attributional style (Goodmon, Kelly, Mauldin, & Young, 2015).
Needles and Abramson (1990), in their focus on a pathway concerning positive life events and enhancing attributional style, viewed the restoration of hopefulness as a proximal and sufficient cause in their model of a recovery process from hopelessness depression.
Likewise, these individual traits, seen as the "virtues," can also be extended to describe characteristics of an organization, whereas their lack or the development of the opposite (known as the "vices," including close-mindedness, dogmatism, and attributional bias) is detrimental to organizational learning.
Hypotheses 1 and 2 were confirmed, as participants in the SR condition were more likely to report an intention to help and more likely to feel compassionate emotions for the protagonist; the results provide some of the first evidence for this element in the context of Weiner's attributional model of helping behavior.
The study aimed to focus on why and how parents tend to develop their perceptions about the personality, abilities and interests of their children to understand the Attributional styles that lead to comparisons and individual differences as perceived by the parents.
In some respects this has been going on at least since Quill and proliferating in some fashion through the late 1980s and 1990s (affiliate and attributional nexus cases) and more recently in the click-through nexus cases.
17, 2002, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) adopted a model rule, Factor Presence Nexus Standard for Business Activity Taxes, in an effort to promote uniformity among the states and create a simple bright-fine nexus test for business activity taxes in response to the proliferation among the states of a wide variety of economic and attributional nexus schemes.
From the articles in the literature on the association between maltreatment and styles of attribution, it can be seen that children exposed to abuse and neglect present changes in attributional processes as a result of being subjected to contexts that they are unable to control.
These explanatory or attributional styles can be categorized in three ways:
Motivation, Self-Efficacy, Attributional Style and Academic Performance of High School Students