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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (12): 2079-2088.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2012.02079

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Perspective-taking: Concept, Manipulation and Its Impact on Intergroup Relations

ZHAO Xian;LIU Li;ZHANG Xiao-Xiao;XIANG Zhen-Dong;FU Hong-Ling   

  1. (1 School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University; Beijing Key Lab of Applied Experimental Psychology, Beijing 100875, China) (2 Beijing Weikai Construction & Development Co., Ltd., Beijing 100088, China)
  • Received:2012-03-19 Online:2012-12-15 Published:2012-12-15
  • Contact: LIU Li

Abstract: Perspective-taking is the psychological process of contemplating and inferring other’ perspective. Perspective-taking could positively or negatively affect intergroup relation in certain conditions. Studies in this field can be categorized into static and dynamic approaches by whether experiment involves real intergroup interaction or not. In static approach, perspective-taking could bring positive change to intergroup relation, and such influence can be mediated by self-other merging or perceived injustice. In dynamic approach, perspective-taking can invoke reactive egoism and evaluation concern, which in turn, deteriorate intergroup relation. Future research should focus on the role of perspective-taking in real life intervention, perspective-taking in intergroup conflict context, and moderators between perspective-taking and intergroup relation.

Key words: perspective-taking, intergroup relation, self-other merging, intergroup interaction