COVARIATION PRINCIPLE

founded by American social psychology Harold. H. Kelley, with regard to attribution theory, the standard that for an aspect to be a cause of an action, it have to be in existence whenever the action happens, and not be in existence whenever it doesn't happen.

COVARIATION PRINCIPLE: "In accordance with the covariation principle, the fact that Kim's episodes of itchiness, sneezing, and watery eyes were only present when she visited homes where cats were present was enough to warrant an allergy test in suspicion that a cat allergy would be the cause."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "COVARIATION PRINCIPLE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/covariation-principle/ (accessed October 15, 2019).
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