Large-Scale Psychological Differences Within China Explained by Rice Versus Wheat Agriculture

  title={Large-Scale Psychological Differences Within China Explained by Rice Versus Wheat Agriculture},
  author={Thomas Talhelm and Xuemin Zhang and Shigehiro Oishi and Cao Shimin and Dongyuan Duan and Xuezhao Lan and Shinobu Kitayama},
  pages={603 - 608}
Individualism Rules? On a diverse and large set of cognitive tests, subjects in East Asian countries are more inclined to display collectivist choices, whereas subjects in the United States are more inclined to score as individualists. Talhelm et al. (p. 603; see the Perspective by Henrich) suggest that one historical source of influence was societal patterns of farming rice versus wheat, based on three cognitive measures of individualism and collectivism in 1000 subjects from rice- and wheat… Expand

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