An American academic has been analysing cultural differences between Americans and the people of East Asia.
He argues that “while Westerners have a tendency to categorize the behaviors of objects within straightforward rules, East Asians amplify the broader context.”
“For an example, consider a picture of several fish swimming underwater while surrounded by plants, rocks and bubbles. When several slides of this image were presented to an American audience, the majority replied they saw a big fish, maybe a trout, moving toward the left.
“However, a group of Japanese students mentioned they saw something that looked like a pond.”