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ERIC Number: EJ750900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Perspective Taking Promotes Action Understanding and Learning
Lozano, Sandra C.; Martin Hard, Bridgette; Tversky, Barbara
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v32 n6 p1405-1421 Dec 2006
People often learn actions by watching others. The authors propose and test the hypothesis that perspective taking promotes encoding a hierarchical representation of an actor's goals and subgoals-a key process for observational learning. Observers segmented videos of an object assembly task into coarse and fine action units. They described what happened in each unit from either the actor's, their own, or another observer's perspective and later performed the assembly task themselves. Participants who described the task from the actor's perspective encoded actions more hierarchically during observation and learned the task better.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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