I can see it both ways: first- and third-person visual perspectives at retrieval.

Journal Article

The number of studies examining visual perspective during retrieval has recently grown. However, the way in which perspective has been conceptualized differs across studies. Some studies have suggested perspective is experienced as either a first-person or a third-person perspective, whereas others have suggested both perspectives can be experienced during a single retrieval attempt. This aspect of perspective was examined across three studies, which used different measurement techniques commonly used in studies of perspective. Results suggest that individuals can experience more than one perspective when recalling events. Furthermore, the experience of the two perspectives correlated differentially with ratings of vividness, suggesting that the two perspectives should not be considered in opposition of one another. We also found evidence of a gender effect in the experience of perspective, with females experiencing third-person perspectives more often than males. Future studies should allow for the experience of more than one perspective during retrieval.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rice, HJ; Rubin, DC

Published Date

  • December 2009

PubMed ID

  • 19692271

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19692271

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.concog.2009.07.004