Monday, March 24, 2008

Japanese mindreaders

Here is a new study:
How do you know how someone is feeling? For people in Western societies, it is usually easy: look at the person’s face.

But for people from Japan and other Eastern societies, a new study finds, it may be more complex — having to do not only with evaluating the other person’s face but also with gauging the mood of others who might be around.

The differences may speak to deeply ingrained cultural traits, the authors write, suggesting that Westerners may “see emotions as individual feelings, while Japanese see them as inseparable from the feelings of the group.”
In other words, oriental mindreader don't just focus on one mind; they try to read a bunch of minds at once. Perhaps orientals conform to their group more because no one notices their individuality anyway.

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