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Bernard Weiner (born 1935) is a cognitive psychologist who is known for developing a form of attribution theory that explains the emotional and motivational entailments of academic success and failure. He has published 15 books and many articles on the psychology of motivation and emotion.

See also



  • Feshbach, S., & Weiner, B. (1996). Personality (4th ed.). Lexington, MA: D.C. Health.
  • Weiner, B. Social Motivation, Justice, and the Moral Emotions: An attributional analysis. Mahway, N. J.: Erlbaum
  • Weiner, B. (1995). Judgments of Responsibility: A Foundation for a Theory of Social Conduct. New York: Guilford.
  • Weiner, B. (1992). Human Motivation: Metaphors, Theories and Research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Weiner, B. (1986). An Attributional Theory of Motivation and Emotion. New York: Springer-Verlag
  • Weiner, B. (1980). Human Motivation. New York: Holt-Rinehart, & Winston.

Book Chapters

Weiner, B. (2005). Motivation from an attribution perspective and the social psychology of perceived competence. In Elliot, A. J., & Dweck, C. S. (Eds.), Handbook of Competence and Motivation (pp. 73-84). New York: Guilford. Weiner, B. (2004). Attribution theory revisited: Transforming cultural plurality into theoretical unity. In McInerney, D. M., & Van Etten, S. (Eds.), Big theories revisited (pp. 13-29). Grenwich, Ct.: Information Age Publishing.


  • Weiner, B. (1979) A theory of motivation for some classroom experiences, Journal of Educational Psychology 71:3-25.
  • Weiner, B. (1985) An attributional theory of achievement motivation and emotion, Psychological Review 92: 548-73.
  • Weiner, B., Nicrenberg, R. and Goldstein, M. (1976) Social learning (locus of control) versus attributional (causal stability) interpretations of expectancy of success, Journal of Personality 44: 52-68.
  • Farwell, L., & Weiner, B. (2000). Bleeding hearts and the heartless: Popular perceptions of liberal and conservative ideologies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 845-852.
  • Greitemeyer, T., & Weiner, B. (2003). Asymmetrical attributions for approach versus avoidance behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1371-1382.
  • Hareli, S., & Weiner, B. (2002). Social emotions and personality inferences: A scaffold for a new direction in the study of achievement motivation. Educational Psychologist, 37, 183-193.
  • Hareli, S., & Weiner, B. (2000). Accounts for success as determinants of perceived arrogance and modesty. Motivation and Emotion, 24, 215-236.
  • Henry, P. J., Reyna, C., & Weiner, B. (2004). Hate welfare but help the poor: How the attributional content of stereotypes explains the paradox of reactions to the destitute in America. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 34-58.
  • Rudolph, U., Roesch, S. C., Greitemeyer, T., & Weiner, B. (2004). A meta-analytic review of help giving and aggression from an attribution perspective: Contributions to a general theory of motivation. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 815-848.
  • Weiner, B. (2000). Intrapersonal and interpersonal theories of motivation from an attributional perspective. Educational Psychology Review, l2, 1-14.

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