An attributional theory of achievement motivation and emotion. Psy- chological Review, 92, 548-573. Weiner, B. (1985).

The foundations of this theory are built on the thought structures and consequences that follow a person’s need to know the causal factors of events. Locus (internal or external perceptions), stability and controllability are the three general causal dimensions that are studied in relation to cognitive and emotional responses along with linkages to expectancy and affect. The roles the dimensions play within a theory of motivated action suggests the type of attribution individuals choose significantly impacts and predicts their future behaviours. The author calls for motivational theorists to further solve the task of relating structure of thought to the dynamics of feeling and action.

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