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    DescriptionA "landmark book" (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the American Psychological Association) by one of the world's preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not "hard-wired" but a function of culture. 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? "The Geography of Thought" documents Richard Nisbett's groundbreaking international research in cultural psychology and shows that people actually 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. As a result, East Asian thought is "holistic"--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. 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, "The Geography of Thought" offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that will span it.


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    Title
    The Geography of Thought
    Subtitle
    How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Nisbett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 263
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743255356
    ISBN 10: 0743255356
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL, HPK
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    DC22: 153.4
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27530
    DC21: 153.4
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010, PSY008000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: BF311 .N565 2004
    Thema V1.0: QDTK, JBSL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Free Press
    Publication date
    19 April 2004
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard E. Nisbett has taught psychology at Yale University and the University of Michigan, where he is the Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor. He has received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the William James Fellow Award of the American Psychological Society, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2002, he became the first social psychologist in a generation to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The coauthor of "Culture of Honor" and numerous other books and articles, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    Review quote
    "Philadelphia Inquirer" Nisbett's findings pose provocative challenges to universalist assumptions about human thought and inference.