Virginia Commonwealth University Common Cognitive Error Questions


  1. 1) List and explain the “4 avenues to power” in social groups. Include an example or description of how each of these types of power is calculated in your response.
  2. 2) Explain the common cognitive error we make when forming causal attributions about others’ behavior called “The Ultimate Attribution Error.” You may draw a diagram as part of your explanation if needed. *Note: Do not confuse this with the “Fundamental Attribution Error.”
  3. 3) Describe the two components of (identity) “commitment” and explain the relationship between “salience” and “commitment” as described in Stryker’s identity theory

You must answer all three of the following questions. Each question you answer is worth up to 10 points (the total for all three questions = 30 points).

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