Attitudes and Beliefs

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Attitudes and Beliefs

Attitudes help guide behavior, although sometimes people act in ways that contradict their attitudes (Baumeister & Bushman, 2014). Some have said that attitudes are directly related to behavior; others say there is no strong relationship between attitude and behavior.

  • Explain what is meant by attitude. How do people develop attitudes? Support your explanation with theory.
  • Describe the relationship between behavior and attitude. Apply one theory to support your position, and provide at least one example to illustrate your understanding of the relationship or lack of relationship between behavior and attitude.

Guidelines for Responding to Peers

Please respond to at least two other learners. Your response should serve to extend the dialog by elaborating on concepts, asking questions, or offering an alternative viewpoint. Your responses in this and all course discussions are expected to be substantive, respectful of other views, and professional.


Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). Social psychology and human nature (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.


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