Blaming an outside factor as the cause of an event. Also known as a situational attribution.
Example: A star football player consistently downplays his athletic talent in interviews, emphasizing instead the support and love of his family as key to his success.
Grinnell, R. (2009). External Attribution. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 29, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/external-attribution/