I See What You Mean: Perspective Taking

Dr. Jen William joins me for a discussion on perspective taking and its application to the humanities. How can we watch a movie and feel sad for the characters, even if we fundamentally disagree with them?

Further reading:

Eisenberg, Nancy, Cindy L. Shea, Gustavo Carlo, and George P. Knight. “Empathy-Related Responding and Cognition: A ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Dilemma.” Handbook of Moral Behavior and Development: Volume 2: Research. Ed. William M. Kurtines and Jacob Gewirtz. New York: Psychology Press, 2014. 63-88.

Galinsky, Adam D. and Gordon B. Moskowitz. “Perspective-taking: Decreasing stereotype expression, stereotype accessibility, and in-group favoritism.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 78.4 (2000): 708–24.

Husnu, Shenel and Richard J. Crisp. “Perspective-taking mediates the imagined contact effect.” International Journal of Intercultural Relations 44 (2015): 29-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.11.005

Jankowiak-Siuda, Kamila, Krystyna Rymarczyk, and Anna Grabowska. “How We Empathize with Others: A Neurobiological Perspective.” Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research 17.1 (2011): RA18–RA24. PMC. DOI: 10.12659/MSM.881324

Keen, Richard, Monica L. McCoy, and Elizabeth Powell. “Rooting for the Bad Guy: Psychological Perspectives.” Studies in Popular Culture 34.2 (Spring 2012): 129-48.

Selman, Robert L. “Level of Social Perspective Taking and the Development of Empathy in Children: Speculations from a Social‐Cognitive Viewpoint.” Journal of Moral Education 5.1 (1975): 35-43. https://doi.org/10.1080/0305724750050105

Tversky, Barb and Brigette Martin Hard. “Embodied and Disembodied Cognition: Spatial Perspective Taking,” Cognition, vol. 110, no. 1, 2009, pp. 124-129.

William, Jennifer Marston. Cognitive Approaches to German Historical Film: Seeing Is Not Believing. Springer International Publishing, 2017.