A field experiment on perspective taking, helping, and self awareness

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The present field experiment examines the effect of self-awareness on adult perspective-taking and on prosocial behavior. University students at an Italian university were interviewed briefly on their campus, and for half of them self-awareness was induced by asking them to hold a mirror before their faces. In the same context they then had to choose between a postcard written in Italian and 1 written in English, to be sent to England. This led to a measure of perspective-taking, and their actual readiness to mail the postcard was taken as an index of prosocial or helping behavior. Both perspective-taking and helping behavior were boosted considerably by self-awareness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-287
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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