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Seeing It Their Way: Evidence for Rapid and Involuntary Computation of What Other People See

Seeing It Their Way: Evidence for Rapid and Involuntary Computation of What Other People See In a series of three visual perspective-taking experiments, we asked adult participants to judge their own or someone else's visual perspective in situations where both perspectives were either the same or different. We found that participants could not easily ignore what someone else saw when making self-perspective judgments. This was observed even when participants were only required to take their own perspective within the same block of trials (Experiment 2) or even within the entire experiment (Experiment 3), i.e. under conditions which gave participants a clear opportunity to adopt a strategy of ignoring the other person's irrelevant perspective. Under some circumstances, participants were also more efficient at judging the other person's perspective than at judging their own perspective. Collectively, these results suggest that adults make use of rapid and efficient processes to compute what other people can see. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance American Psychological Association

Seeing It Their Way: Evidence for Rapid and Involuntary Computation of What Other People See

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0096-1523
eISSN
1939-1277
DOI
10.1037/a0018729
pmid
20731512
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Abstract

In a series of three visual perspective-taking experiments, we asked adult participants to judge their own or someone else's visual perspective in situations where both perspectives were either the same or different. We found that participants could not easily ignore what someone else saw when making self-perspective judgments. This was observed even when participants were only required to take their own perspective within the same block of trials (Experiment 2) or even within the entire experiment (Experiment 3), i.e. under conditions which gave participants a clear opportunity to adopt a strategy of ignoring the other person's irrelevant perspective. Under some circumstances, participants were also more efficient at judging the other person's perspective than at judging their own perspective. Collectively, these results suggest that adults make use of rapid and efficient processes to compute what other people can see.

Journal

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and PerformanceAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Oct 23, 2010

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