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The cover article of the latest (March/April 2013) issue of Pacific Standard magazine (formerly Miller-McCune), is entitled We Aren’t the World, and features three young academics that have explored how people in other cultures respond to the cognition tests that were commonly thought by many to be universal.
Even the classic Muller-Lyer test turns out to be highly culture-specific, with Americans reacting in a way that is more extreme than much of the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, Americans are much less sensitive to conformation in Asch's Conformity Experiment.
The milestone paper published by those academics (Henrich, Heine, and Norenzayan) is available online at The weirdest people in the world? (75pps)
I was wondering if anyone would like to discuss this (especially since Dana sometimes doesn't provide a topic ahead of time...)
P.S., N.B., Norenzayan seems to be focused on the cognitive impulses towards or against religion, including Analytic Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief, which sounds quite tasty.