Attitude as a Poor Predictor of Behavior


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An Critical Analysis of Attitude as a Poor Predictor of Behavior
This psychological study will analyze the problems with measuring the behaviors and attitudes that have traditionally had to correspond in studies done on their interrelationship in predicting patterns of habit or intention. While researchers have found links to attitudes and the connected component of behaviors, there is still far too many variables in predicting behaviors that are cognitive in nature or involuntary. Also, since many of these tests are subjectively defining the intentions of the persons involved in testing, it is also highly improbable to predict a correlation between attitudes and behaviors because of the limitations of scale and behavioral choices.
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