My Command, My Act: Observation Inflation in Face-To-Face Interactions

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  • When observing another agent performing simple actions, these actions are systematically remembered as one’s own after a brief period of time. Such observation inflation has been documented as a robust phenomenon in studies in which participants passively observed videotaped actions. Whether observation inflation also holds for direct, face-to-face interactions is an open question that we addressed in two experiments. In Experiment 1, participants commanded the experimenter to carry out certain actions, and they indeed reported false memoriesWhen observing another agent performing simple actions, these actions are systematically remembered as one’s own after a brief period of time. Such observation inflation has been documented as a robust phenomenon in studies in which participants passively observed videotaped actions. Whether observation inflation also holds for direct, face-to-face interactions is an open question that we addressed in two experiments. In Experiment 1, participants commanded the experimenter to carry out certain actions, and they indeed reported false memories of self-performance in a later memory test. The effect size of this inflation effect was similar to passive observation as confirmed by Experiment 2. These findings suggest that observation inflation might affect action memory in a broad range of real-world interactions.show moreshow less

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Author: Roland Pfister, Katharina A. Schwarz, Robert Wirth, Isabel Lindner
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-170739
Document Type:Journal article
Faculties:Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften (Philos., Psycho., Erziehungs- u. Gesell.-Wissensch.) / Institut für Psychologie
Language:English
Parent Title (English):Advances in Cognitive Psychology
Year of Completion:2017
Volume:13
Issue:2
Pagenumber:166-176
Source:Advances in Cognitive Psychology 2017, 13(2), 166-176. DOI: 10.5709/acp-0216-8
DOI:https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0216-8
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=28717405
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Tag:action observation; memory bias; motor simulation; observation inflation
Release Date:2019/10/04
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY-NC-ND: Creative-Commons-Lizenz: Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International