Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why / Edition 1

Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why / Edition 1

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by Richard E. Nisbett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0743216466

ISBN-13: 2900743216462

Pub. Date: 02/04/2003

Publisher: Free Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900743216462
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
02/04/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxiii
1The Syllogism and the Tao: Philosophy, Science, and Society in Ancient Greece and China1
2The Social Origins of Mind: Economics, Social Practices, and Thought29
3Living Together vs. Going It Alone: Social Life and Sense of Self in the Modern East and West47
4"Eyes in Back of Your Head" or "Keep Your Eye on the Ball"?: Envisioning the World79
5"The Bad Seed" or "The Other Boys Made Him Do It"?: Causal Attribution and Causal Modeling East and West111
6Is the World Made Up of Nouns or Verbs?: Categories and Rules vs. Relationships and Similarities137
7"Ce N'est Pas Logique" or "You've Got a Point There"?: Logic and the Law of Noncontradiction vs. Dialectics and the Middle Way165
8And If the Nature of Thought Is Not Everywhere the Same?: Implications for Psychology, Philosophy, Education, and Everyday Life191
Epilogue: The End of Psychology or the Clash of Mentalities?: The Longevity of Differences219
Notes231
References241
Index253

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That people's experiences shape behavior seems a reasonable assumption. Richard Nisbett has done extensive research to determine to what extent culture determines how one thinks. The idea is interesting and this work provides a basis for consideration and application in many spheres. The book will provide fertile discussion for primary educators, sociology teachers, and those presenting parenting classes. The book is of necessity technical in presenting scenarios and proofs. Its best value may be when read with a few colleagues and lively discussion.