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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 03:03 AM
Original: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050822/ap_on_sc/different_views;_ylt=AkxM4iYfK1yoE4elFjR o4Ems0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5N jQ-

Asians, Americans Show Perceptual Divide

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON - Asians and North Americans really do see the world differently. Shown a photograph, North American students of European background paid more attention to the object in the foreground of a scene, while students from China spent more time studying the background and taking in the whole scene, according to University of Michigan researchers.


The key thing in Chinese culture is harmony, Nisbett said, while in the West the key is finding ways to get things done, paying less attention to others.

And that, he said, goes back to the ecology and economy of times thousands of years ago.

Full article is worth a read.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 04:11 PM
Notice, while they compare races, they completely ignore any innate racial differences to explain perceptual differences.

"Reinforcing the belief that the differences are cultural, he said, when Asians raised in North America were studied, they were intermediate between native Asians and European-Americans"

So the other 50% could be genetic/racial.

One could say that the Asian mind is more feminine, more of a general perception and concerned with the group, while the European mind is more masculine, focused perception and individualistic.

""I think it would be hard to argue from these studies that one culture is generally outperforming the other cognitively," Cave said."

Historically Europeans have vastly outperformed everyone else.