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Thinking about cultural differences

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Written by LeisureGuy

19 July 2008 at 4:34 pm

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The psychology of cultural differences

Art Markman, a Cognitive Scientist at the University of Texas whose research spans a range of topics in the way people think, is starting a series of posts on the psychology behind cultural differences, and how one’s culture affects one’s psychology. The first installment is here, and it begins:

With the Olympics coming, there have been lots of news stories about China and Asia. This seemed like as good a time as any to talk a bit about cultural differences in thinking. I realize that this blog is mostly about motivation. It turns out that cultural differences in thinking are probably deeply bound up with cultural differences in motivation, though it may take us a couple of entries to get to that point. To start, I’ll just highlight some of the ways that thinking differs across cultures

Psychology aims to understand universal aspects of mental experience. When a cognitive psychologist talks about categorization, decision making, or reasoning, statements are usually made about the way people (in general) form categories, make decisions, or reason. It is important to realize, however, that most experimental research is done with a rather select group: western educated college students. We almost qualify our conclusions by the particular population being studied unless that population is clearly special (people with a particular mental disorder or children who are not expected to have achieved adult abilities yet).

Over the past 20 years, however, there has been growing interest in

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Written by LeisureGuy

10 July 2008 at 11:50 am

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