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Culture and systems of thought: holistic versus analytic cognition.
The authors find East Asians to be holistic, attending to the entire field and assigning causality to it, making relatively little use of categories and formal logic, and relying on "dialectical"
Culture and Cognition
TLDR
Evidence for the mutual interdependence of cultural and cognitive processes is reviewed and recent research on marked cultural differences in holistic vs. analytic modes of reasoning primarily between East Asian and Western cultures is examined.
God Is Watching You
TLDR
Two studies aimed at resolving experimentally whether religion increases prosocial behavior in the anonymous dictator game are presented, focusing on the hypotheses that the religious prime had an ideomotor effect on generosity or that it activated a felt presence of supernatural watchers.
The weirdest people in the world?
TLDR
A review of the comparative database from across the behavioral sciences suggests both that there is substantial variability in experimental results across populations and that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual compared with the rest of the species – frequent outliers.
The Origin and Evolution of Religious Prosociality
TLDR
Converging evidence from various fields for religious prosociality is synthesized, address its specific boundary conditions, and point to unresolved questions and novel predictions.
Causal attribution across cultures: Variation and universality.
Growing cross-cultural evidence suggests that East Asians are less likely to show the correspondence bias, or a preference for explanations of behavior in terms of traits, dispositions, or other
Most people are not WEIRD
To understand human psychology, behavioural scientists must stop doing most of their experiments on Westerners, argue Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan.
Analytic Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief
TLDR
Combined, these studies indicate that analytic processing is one factor (presumably among several) that promotes religious disbelief, and illuminate one cognitive factor that may influence discussions about the inherent rationality, value, or truth of religious beliefs.
The Pace of Life in 31 Countries
This study compared the pace of life in large cities from 31 countries around the world. Three indicators of pace of life were observed: average walking speed in downtown locations, the speed with
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