Spatial perspective taking is an embodied process, but not for everyone in the same way:differences predicted by sex and social skills score


We re-analysed visuo-spatial perspective taking data from Kessler and Thomson (2010) plus a previously unpublished pilot with respect to individual- and sex differences in embodied processing (defined as body-posture congruence effects). We found that so-called 'systemisers' (males/low-social-skills) showed weaker embodiment than so-called 'embodiers' (females/high-social-skills). We conclude that 'systemisers' either have difficulties with embodied processing or, alternatively, they have a strategic advantage in selecting different mechanisms or the appropriate level of embodiment. In contrast, 'embodiers' have an advantageous strategy of "deep" embodied processing reflecting their urge to empathise or, alternatively, less flexibility in fine-tuning the involvement of bodily representations.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Centre for Vision and Hearing Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: embodied social cognition,perspective taking,sex differences,social skills,systemiser-empathiser distinction,embodiers
Publication ISSN: 1542-7633
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 08:17
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 08:31
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2012-04
Authors: Kessler, Klaus (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7307-9539)
Wang, Hongfang



Version: Accepted Version

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