Perspective taking eliminates differences in co-representation of out-group members' actions

Barbara C. N. Muller*, Simone Kuhn, Rick B. van Baaren, Ron Dotsch, Marcel Brass, Ap Dijksterhuis

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Abstract

Coordinated action relies on shared representations between interaction partners: people co-represent actions of others in order to respond appropriately. However, little is known about the social factors that influence shared representations. We investigated whether actions performed by in-group and out-group members are represented differently, and if so, what role perspective-taking plays in this process. White participants performed a joint Simon task with an animated image of a hand with either white or black skin tone. Results of study I demonstrated that actions performed by in-group members were co-represented while actions of out-group members were not. In study II, it was found that participants co-represented actions of out-group members when they had read about an out-group member and to take his perspective prior to the actual experiment. Possible explanations for these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Volume211
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Joint action
  • Action co-representation
  • Action-perception link
  • Task sharing
  • Group membership
  • STIGMATIZED GROUP
  • JOINT ACTION
  • EMPATHY
  • SELF
  • TASK
  • PERCEPTION
  • ATTITUDES

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