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The geography of thought : how Asians and Westerners think differently--and why
When Richard Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish.Japanese subjects, on the other hand, made observationsExpand
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Telling more than we can know: Verbal reports on mental processes.
Evidence is reviewed which suggests that there may be little or no direct introspective access to higher order cognitive processes. Subjects are sometimes (a) unaware of the existence of a stimulusExpand
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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"Expand
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Culture, dialectics, and reasoning about contradiction.
Chinese ways of dealing with seeming contradictions result in a dialectical or compromise approach—retaining basic elements of opposing perspectives by seeking a "middle way." On the other hand,Expand
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Culture and Cognition
We review evidence for the mutual interdependence of cultural and cognitive processes. Some cognitive content, assumed by many psychologists to be infinitely variable, appears to be universal,Expand
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The Geography of Thought
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Attending holistically versus analytically: comparing the context sensitivity of Japanese and Americans.
  • T. Masuda, R. Nisbett
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 November 2001
Much research indicates that East Asians, more than Americans, explain events with reference to the context. The authors examined whether East Asians also attend to the context more than AmericansExpand
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Induction: Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery
An integrated account that treats problem solving and induction in terms of rule-based mental models. Expand
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