Observation inflation. Your actions become mine.

@article{Lindner2010ObservationIY,
  title={Observation inflation. Your actions become mine.},
  author={Isabel Lindner and Gerald Echterhoff and Patrick S. R. Davidson and Matthias Brand},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21 9},
  pages={1291-9}
}
Imagining performing an action can induce false memories of having actually performed it-this is referred to as the imagination-inflation effect. Drawing on research suggesting that action observation-like imagination-involves action simulation, and thus creates matching motor representations in observers, we examined whether false memories of self-performance can also result from merely observing another person's actions. In three experiments, participants observed actions, some of which they… CONTINUE READING
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