Cultural effects on mindreading

Perez-Zapata, Daniel, Slaughter, Virginia and Henry, Julie D. (2016) Cultural effects on mindreading. Cognition, 146 410-414. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.10.018

Author Perez-Zapata, Daniel
Slaughter, Virginia
Henry, Julie D.
Title Cultural effects on mindreading
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-7838
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.10.018
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 146
Start page 410
End page 414
Total pages 5
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract People from other cultural backgrounds sometimes seem inscrutable. We identified a potential cause of this phenomenon in two experiments demonstrating that adults’ mental state inferences are influenced by the cultural identity of the target. We adapted White, Hill, Happé, and Frith’s (2009) Strange Stories to create matched intra-cultural and cross-cultural mindreading and control conditions. Experiment 1 showed that Australian participants were faster to respond and received higher scores in the intra-cultural mindreading condition relative to the cross-cultural mindreading condition, but performance in the control conditions was equivalent. Experiment 2 replicated this pattern in independent samples of Australian and Chilean participants. These findings have important implications for cross-cultural communication and understanding.
Keyword Mindreading
Cross-cultural research
Social cognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
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