Actor Observer Discrepancy

Actor Observer Discrepancy

A difference in perception based on one’s vantage point, in which an actor—the person performing a particular act—views an act as a response to an external stimulus, while an observer—who may have some control over the circumstance under which the act occurs—views the act as volitional.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.