Cultural Differences in Reading Context

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It appears that culture heavily influences how well people incorporate the context of an environment versus how well they can filter out the context to focus on a prominent object. 

This has been illustrated in eye measurements of Asians versus North Americans as they evaluate photographs, of Japanese & Americans recalling foreground objects versus background details of fish in a video & in this interesting experiment measuring ability to reproduce a line in a different-sized frame.

Japanese subjects were more accurate at reproducing a line in relative size to the new frame, indicating they were better at seeing the whole frame-line picture together. The American subjects were more accurate reproducing the central object, the line, regardless of frame size.

It might be that Collectivist/Interdependent cultures promote seeing things more relationally & holistically, while Individualist/Dependent cultures promote seeing individual things more analytically.

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