I thought our last lecture on culture perspective was interesting. I never really paid attention to how perception and cognition would vary by culture. One of the things that I wasn’t aware about was the fact that some places do not comprehend pictures as anything more than 2D. Another thing I found interesting was the fact that there are some parts in the world actually make their own language.
Cross Cultural perspective is a phenomenon that is experienced very much in New York City, as a citizen from almost all parts of the world is here attempting to work for improved life conditions. A great article by Louis Rasmussen for the Global Cognition website, explains how people of varied and different backgrounds cognitively attemptt to understand one another.
When professor Hurson lectured on cross cultural perspectives and how people perceive images differently was an eye-opener. I assumed that all people looked at images the same way, but was I wrong. I found this article from the Smithsonian that discusses optical illusions and why people from different cultural backgrounds see them differently.
I thought our last topic of cultural differences and cognition was really interesting. It’s amazing how unique people in each culture carry out the way they count, perceive images, learn etc. I found this short and sweet TED talk video comparing a Japanese man asking for directions and an American man asking for directions. They both were lost in translation about where to go. It was funny to watch but interesting to know how each gets around!
This picture is an easy way of understanding situated cognition. I definitely believe that the way a task is understood is dependent on the surroundings it is within. As an EMT, I may have learned skills in a classroom, but I became a better EMT by actually working on an ambulance. I became better at working under pressure and was able to research more information on things I didn’t understand. I can take the most intelligent doctor in the world and put him on an ambulance and he would have not nearly enough skill to work the way we do.
In the video below, you will see the differences in how people from different cultures tie their shoes. They’ve gathered five people from different countries such as Bulgaria, USA, Italy, and China. The differences amused me because I didn’t think that culture had anything to do with the way people tie their shoes, however it does.
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This video is an example of how different cultures count numbers. What’s being demonstrated is a game show called “Batsu”. They speak and count in english, while not laughing at the person whose turn it is to speak or count.
The whole idea of the game is for the participants in the game not to laugh. As in the old MTV game show “Silent Library”. In “Silent Library” the participants are penalized for laughing in other ways and aren’t suppose to take the prank personal, likewise in “Batsu”. This type of game show is categorized as physical humor.
In my opinion, they are both brutal. However, I think that “Batsu” is arbitrary; If you google search “Japanese Batsu Games” you’ll see that there os a higher level of brutality and the objective that people laugh at someone getting spanked or hurt is what makes it battier. Anyone’s cultural way of counting can be strange to someone who doesn’t know about the culture. The participant counts in 10’s after the number 20: 30 would be, ten, ten, ten. When he says “ten, ten, ten, ten, ect..” and his reactions when he is reading is what makes the game humorous.
With this lecture I have learned that there are many varieties of things that we can apply to psychology and research deeper into what some may or may not consider abstract but a reality and interesting things about the world around us. Below I posted videos of “Silent Library” in the original Japanese and the American format, if anyone hasn’t viewed and that would like more insight of different cultures or the game.
Japanese format: https://youtu.be/qPLkOqJhjRs
American format: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC6He7jyBLQ