Perspectives, They Might Be a-Changin': A Proactive-Control Take on the Cognitive Cost of Maintaining One’s Own Perspective

Tali Kleiman, Nachshon Meiran, Tal Eyal

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Abstract

The world abounds with different perspectives, which necessitates balancing between maintaining the currently relevant perspective and flexibly switching between perspectives, if needed. Employing the distinction between reactive and proactive control (Braver, 2012), we argue that previous research on perspective-taking has mainly looked at the cost of activating reactive control to deal with what is happening now. Here we examine the cost of activating proactive control in order to be prepared for what might happen in the future. In three experiments, we embed a perspective-taking task (Samson et al., 2010) into a task-switching design and calculate perspective-mixing costs to capture proactive control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1473-1480
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: General
Volume151
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Mixing costs
  • Perspective taking
  • Proactive control
  • Reactive control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology (all)
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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