East-West psychological stereotypes in the hot seat… sort of

Social psychologists argue over the causes and degree of superficiality of common East-West psychosocial stereotypes, and reach the stunning conclusion that we are all, in fact, human, and that the social contexts in which we are raised affect our modes of thinking. From the article:
“”Everyone can think both ways, but on average, people tend to do more of one than the other,” says Oyserman.

people had to think harder to perform tasks outside their cultural comfort zone. The brain uses the same mental machinery to solve complex tasks, but cultural differences can affect how well trained these areas are.

ease of transition between different modes of thinking is even more pronounced in people with roots in more than one culture.”

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