Cultural Influences on Neural Substrates of Attentional Control

  title={Cultural Influences on Neural Substrates of Attentional Control},
  author={Trey Hedden and Sarah Ketay and Arthur Aron and Hazel Rose Markus and John D. E. Gabrieli},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={12 - 17}
Behavioral research has shown that people from Western cultural contexts perform better on tasks emphasizing independent (absolute) dimensions than on tasks emphasizing interdependent (relative) dimensions, whereas the reverse is true for people from East Asian contexts. We assessed functional magnetic resonance imaging responses during performance of simple visuospatial tasks in which participants made absolute judgments (ignoring visual context) or relative judgments (taking visual context… 

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