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The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why

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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.

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"Writing dispassionately yet with engagement, Nisbett explains the differences as 'an inevitable consequence of using different tools to understand the world.'" Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Nisbett's readable presentation has admirable depth in history, philosophy, and culture....This outstanding book makes key contributions to education, science, health, business, politics, language, and religion." Library Journal

Review:

"The book is written in a chatty and reader-friendly style. The experiments are sometimes ingenious, and the results are sometimes provocative." New York Times

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"Understanding the thought processes of other cultures may very well turn out to be critical to the survival of Western civilization. Unfortunately, it may be our very nature to discount or completely ignore any system that doesn't mesh with our own." Providence Journal

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A and#8220;landmark bookand#8221; (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the American Psychological Association) by one of the world's preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not and#8220;hard-wiredand#8221; but a function of culture.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Everyone knows that while different cultures think about the world differently, they use the same equipment for doing their thinking. But what if everyone is wrong?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Thoughtandlt;/Iandgt; documents Richard Nisbett's groundbreaking international research in cultural psychology and shows that people actually think aboutand#8212;and even seeand#8212;the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China. As a result, East Asian thought is and#8220;holisticand#8221;and#8212;drawn to the perceptual field as a whole and to relations among objects and events within that field. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to categories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behavior. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From feng shui to metaphysics, from comparative linguistics to economic history, a gulf separates the children of Aristotle from the descendants of Confucius. At a moment in history when the need for cross-cultural understanding and collaboration have never been more important, andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Thoughtandlt;/Iandgt; offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that will span it.

Synopsis:

Eminent psychologist Richard Nisbett boldly takes on the presumptions of evolutionary psychology in a provocative, powerfully engaging exploration of the divergent ways Eastern and Western societies see and understand the world.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Richard Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese subjects, on the other hand, made observations about the background environment. These different and#8220;seeingsand#8221; are a clue to profound underlying cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians. For, as Nisbett demonstrates in andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Thoughtandlt;/Iandgt;, people think about and see the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China and that have survived into the modern world.

About the Author

Richard E. Nisbett has taught psychology at Yale University and the University of Michigan, where he is the Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743255356
Author:
Nisbett, Richard
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Nisbett, Richard E.
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Subject:
cultural psychology; eastern philosophy; western philosophy; evolutionary psychology; eastern societies; western societies;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 line drawings t-o; index; references;
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44x5.48x.70 in. .57 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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Product details 288 pages Free Press - English 9780743255356 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Writing dispassionately yet with engagement, Nisbett explains the differences as 'an inevitable consequence of using different tools to understand the world.'" Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Nisbett's readable presentation has admirable depth in history, philosophy, and culture....This outstanding book makes key contributions to education, science, health, business, politics, language, and religion."
"Review" by , "The book is written in a chatty and reader-friendly style. The experiments are sometimes ingenious, and the results are sometimes provocative."
"Review" by , "Understanding the thought processes of other cultures may very well turn out to be critical to the survival of Western civilization. Unfortunately, it may be our very nature to discount or completely ignore any system that doesn't mesh with our own."
"Synopsis" by , A and#8220;landmark bookand#8221; (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the American Psychological Association) by one of the world's preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not and#8220;hard-wiredand#8221; but a function of culture.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Everyone knows that while different cultures think about the world differently, they use the same equipment for doing their thinking. But what if everyone is wrong?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Thoughtandlt;/Iandgt; documents Richard Nisbett's groundbreaking international research in cultural psychology and shows that people actually think aboutand#8212;and even seeand#8212;the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China. As a result, East Asian thought is and#8220;holisticand#8221;and#8212;drawn to the perceptual field as a whole and to relations among objects and events within that field. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to categories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behavior. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From feng shui to metaphysics, from comparative linguistics to economic history, a gulf separates the children of Aristotle from the descendants of Confucius. At a moment in history when the need for cross-cultural understanding and collaboration have never been more important, andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Thoughtandlt;/Iandgt; offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that will span it.
"Synopsis" by , Eminent psychologist Richard Nisbett boldly takes on the presumptions of evolutionary psychology in a provocative, powerfully engaging exploration of the divergent ways Eastern and Western societies see and understand the world.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Richard Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese subjects, on the other hand, made observations about the background environment. These different and#8220;seeingsand#8221; are a clue to profound underlying cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians. For, as Nisbett demonstrates in andlt;Iandgt;The Geography of Thoughtandlt;/Iandgt;, people think about and see the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China and that have survived into the modern world.
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