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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Posted by Jake
Westerners and Easterners see the world differently:

Chinese and American people see the world differently – literally. While Americans focus on the central objects of photographs, Chinese individuals pay more attention to the image as a whole, according to psychologists at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, US.

“There is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that Western and East Asian people have contrasting world-views,” explains Richard Nisbett, who carried out the study. “Americans break things down analytically, focusing on putting objects into categories and working out what rules they should obey,” he says.

By contrast, East Asians have a more holistic philosophy, looking at objects in relation to the whole. “Figuratively, Americans see things in black and white, while East Asians see more shades of grey,” says Nisbett. “We wanted to devise an experiment to see if that translated to a literal difference in what they actually see.”

Researchers conclude that Eastern people have more nuanced, gray world views while Americans are black and white loving sots. The Europeans tended to see the world in more of the mauve area. All the results suggest what everyone has always suspected: Americans are neither Eastern nor actually European, being instead derived from a race of militant aliens.

Frankly, I was very surprised and interested to hear this result. I had never heard the idea. It must have only been discussed in obscure sources like the News.

Brian -- Careful, or you'll have the Harvard faculty on your ass...


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