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ERIC Number: EJ860925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Seeing Meaning in Action: A Bidirectional Link between Visual Perspective and Action Identification Level
Libby, Lisa K.; Shaeffer, Eric M.; Eibach, Richard P.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v138 n4 p503-516 Nov 2009
Actions do not have inherent meaning but rather can be interpreted in many ways. The interpretation a person adopts has important effects on a range of higher order cognitive processes. One dimension on which interpretations can vary is the extent to which actions are identified abstractly--in relation to broader goals, personal characteristics, or consequences--versus concretely, in terms of component processes. The present research investigated how visual perspective (own 1st-person vs. observer's 3rd-person) in action imagery is related to action identification level. A series of experiments measured and manipulated visual perspective in mental and photographic images to test the connection with action identification level. Results revealed a bidirectional causal relationship linking 3rd-person images and abstract action identifications. These findings highlight the functional role of visual imagery and have implications for understanding how perspective is involved in action perception at the social, cognitive, and neural levels. (Contains 2 figures, 3 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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