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Taking the perspectives of many people: Humanization matters

Ye, T; Furumi, F; Catarino da Silva, D; Hamilton, A; (2020) Taking the perspectives of many people: Humanization matters. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 10.3758/s13423-020-01850-4. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In a busy space, people encounter many other people with different viewpoints, but classic studies of perspective-taking examine only one agent at a time. This paper explores the issue of selectivity in visual perspective-taking (VPT) when different people are available to interact with. We consider the hypothesis that humanization impacts on VPT in four studies using virtual reality methods. Experiments 1 and 2 use the director task to show that for more humanized agents (an in-group member or a virtual human agent), participants were more likely to use VPT to achieve lower error rate. Experiments 3 and 4 used a two-agent social mental rotation task to show that participants are faster and more accurate to recognize items which are oriented towards a more humanized agent (an in-group member or a naturally moving agent). All results support the claim that humanization alters the propensity to engage in VPT in rich social contexts.

Type: Article
Title: Taking the perspectives of many people: Humanization matters
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3758/s13423-020-01850-4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-020-01850-4
Language: English
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Keywords: Perspective-taking . In-group . Dehumanization . Social cognition . Motivation
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118424
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