Biased cognition in East Asian and Western cultures

Autoři: Jenny Yiend aff001;  Julia André aff002;  Louise Smith aff001;  Lu Hua Chen aff003;  Timothea Toulopoulou aff003;  Eric Chen aff002;  Pak Sham aff002;  Brian Parkinson aff004
Působiště autorů: King’s College London, London, England, United Kingdom aff001;  Department of Psychiatry, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong aff002;  Department of Psychology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong aff003;  Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, United Kingdom aff004
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223358


The majority of cognitive bias research has been conducted in Western cultures. We examined cross-cultural differences in cognitive biases, comparing Westerners’ and East Asians’ performance and acculturation following migration to the opposite culture. Two local (UK, Hong Kong) and four migrant (short-term and long-term migrants to each culture) samples completed culturally validated tasks measuring attentional and interpretation bias. Hong Kong residents were more positively biased than people living in the UK on several measures, consistent with the lower prevalence of psychological disorders in East Asia. Migrants to the UK had reduced positive biases on some tasks, while migrants to Hong Kong were more positive, compared to their respective home counterparts, consistent with acculturation in attention and interpretation biases. These data illustrate the importance of cultural validation of findings and, if replicated, would have implications for the mental health and well-being of migrants.

Klíčová slova:

Attention – Cognition – Cognitive psychology – Cross-cultural studies – Culture – Emotions – Mental health and psychiatry – Hong Kong


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