Monday, August 30, 2010

Westerners are Wierd

So I saw this interesting article linked off of metafilter.com.... about how Westerners are actually the weird ones compared to the rest of the world in terms of psychology and even game theory outcomes.

Check out excerpts here:

Moreover, WEIRD people do not simply react to the world differently, according to the paper, they perceive it differently to begin with. Take the well-known Muller-Lyer optical illusion, which uses arrows to trick the viewer into thinking one line is longer than another, even if both are the same length. (See the diagram on this page.)
"No matter how many times you measure those lines, you can't cause yourself to see them as the same length," Dr. Henrich says. At least that's true for a Westerner. For some hunter-gatherers, the Muller-Lyer lines do not cause an illusion. "You do this with foragers in the Kalahari [Desert] and they just see the lines as the same length."


The only example that sticks out to me is the optical illusion one....  the rest are kind of meh... either way interesting read....   

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