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When psychologist Richard E. Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese observers instead commented on the background environment -- and the different "seeings" are a clue to profound cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians. As Nisbett shows in "The Geography of Thought, " people think about -- and even see -- the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China. "The Geography of Thought" documents Professor Nisbett's groundbreaking research in cultural psychology, addressing questions such as:
Why did the ancient Chinese excel at algebra and arithmetic, but not geometry, the brilliant achievement of such Greeks as Euclid?
Why do East Asians find it so difficult to disentangle an object from its surroundings?
Why do Western infants learn nouns more rapidly than verbs, when it is the other way around in East Asia?
At a moment in history when the need for cross-cultural understanding and collaboration have never been more important, "The Geography of Thought" offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that might be able to span it.
Publishers Weekly The Geography of Thought may mark the beginning of a new front in the science wars. Providence Journal-Bulletin Understanding the thought processes of other cultures may very well turn out to be critical to the survival of Western civilization....The Geography of Thought is a wake-up call. Philadelphia Inquirer Nisbett's findings pose provocative challenges to universalist assumptions about human thought and inference.
The Syllogism and the Tao: Philosophy, Science, and Society in Ancient Greece and China
The Social Origins of Mind: Economics, Social Practices, and Thought
Living Together vs. Going It Alone: Social Life and Sense of Self in the Modern East and West
"Eyes in Back of Your Head" or "Keep Your Eye on the Ball"?: Envisioning the World
"The Bad Seed" or "The Other Boys Made Him Do It"?: Causal Attribution and Causal Modeling East and West
Is the World Made Up of Nouns or Verbs?: Categories and Rules vs. Relationships and Similarities
"Ce N'est Pas Logique" or "You've Got a Point There"?: Logic and the Law of Noncontradiction vs. Dialectics and the Middle Way
And If the Nature of Thought Is Not Everywhere the Same?: Implications for Psychology, Philosophy, Education, and Everyday Life
Epilogue: The End of Psychology or the Clash of Mentalities?: The Longevity of Differences
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ISBN: 9780743255356 ISBN-10: 0743255356 Audience:
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 263 Published: 1st April 2004 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.26