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

Summary: Seeing It Their Way:
Evidence for Rapid and Involuntary Computation of What Other People See
Dana Samson
University of Nottingham
Ian A. Apperly and Jason J. Braithwaite
University of Birmingham
Benjamin J. Andrews and Sarah E. Bodley Scott
University of Nottingham
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. Collec-
tively, these results suggest that adults make use of rapid and efficient processes to compute what other
people can see.
Keywords: visual perspective taking, theory of mind, social cognition, self
When inferring what someone else is seeing, feeling, wanting,

  

Source: Apperly, Ian - School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine