Exchanging Social Positions: Enhancing perspective taking within a cooperative problem solving task

Gillespie, Alex and Richardson, Beth (2011) Exchanging Social Positions: Enhancing perspective taking within a cooperative problem solving task. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 (5). pp. 608-616. ISSN 1099-0992

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Abstract

When people occupy different social positions within a cooperative task they experience discrepant role and situation demands and thus have divergent perspectives. The reported research predicts that exchanging social positions within a cooperative task can overcome divergences of perspective. This prediction was tested in two experiments using the Communication Conflict Situation. The first experiment (n = 88) found that position exchange increased the ability of dyads to solve a communication conflict arising through discrepant perspectives. The second experiment (n = 120) found that the effect of position exchange exceeds that of purely cognitive perspective taking, thus suggesting that it cannot be reduced to a purely cognitive process. Exchanging social positions is a newly identified and powerful social mechanism through which perspective taking, within a cooperative task, can be enhanced.

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Journal Article
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European Journal of Social Psychology
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55013
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Deposited On:
11 Jun 2012 13:31
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Yes
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Published
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