Are we naturally able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes?

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, explore this question through particularly creative experiments conducted on teenagers and adults. These studies allow her to measure the ability of people to see things from someone else perspective particularly by measuring “perception conflicts.”


Sarah-Jayne is particularly interested in teenagers to try to understand why they have more difficulty than adults to put themselves in the shoes of others.


Thanks to her experiments, we now know that the ability to perceive another person’s point of view is particularly difficult for adolescents because the areas of the brain responsible for this faculty (the prefrontal cortex) are still under development at their age.


She did throw a pavement into the pond by showing that most “smart and healthy” adults find very difficult to put themselves in the shoes of others…


This discovery is important since the level of development of this skill influences things like our level of empathy, our decisions, our moral judgments and the way we interact with others.


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