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Perspective Taking and Empathy

Another note based on the talk that I listened in the cognitive science conference in Krakow. This talk was done by Postma. While it was not a big part of her presentation, I think it was a pretty interesting point.

At one point, at least according to my notes, she was talking about the perspective taking and how it effects empathy. If we imagine others, which means, if we imagine how the other person feels, then we increase the empathy. And I imagine this would mean increasing the altruism and all the other stuff. On the other hand, if we imagine self, so how would be feel in this situation, then this increases the selfishness.

Perspective Description Effect
Other how other person feels higher empathy
Self how would I feel higher selfishness