s Psychology Notes 2
Overpopulation is a major behavior problem.Critical Thinking about Behavior(science) Truth by empiricism? (collecting data)Or
Truth by authority? (it’s okay but you need to verify empirically)
What actually causes what?Attribution = cause2 causes for behavior1.
not caused by person or character but a situation causes it2.
caused by the person or character
Fundamental Attribution Error
–If it’s good and you did it, you assign dispositionalattribute. If it’s bad an
d you did it, you assign situational attribute. It is just the oppositewhen describing someone else.If you apply wrong cause to human behavior, you will get the wrong solutions.The best index of future behavior is past behavior.
Causes of behavior
evolutionary events and conditions that over generations, have slowlyshaped some of our behaviors and behavioral dispositions. Influence of evolution,survival of the fittest, natural selection of physical characteristics and psychological
predispositions. Once you are born nature doesn’t change, nurture does.
variables in the immediate (or recent past) environment that affectbehavior. (parenting, drugs, education, health, associates, neighborhood, work,government, climate, models)Ultimate causes are advantageous to our genes. You inherit behavior propensities. We
don’t inherit instincts or complex behavior patterns.
Most behavior problems are caused by a mix of ultimate and proximate attributes. Naturevs. Nurture.