English-speakers Unable to See Another’s Perspective

Using a Connect Four-like game:

People raised in individualist cultures such as North America are less able to imagine the world from someone else’s perspective than people raised in collectivist cultures such as China, according to new research. By devising a simple board game, which players viewed from opposite angles, psychologist Boaz Keysar of the University of Chicago found that Chinese players could instinctively imagine what their partner was seeing, whereas Americans “often completely failed to take the perspective of their partner.”

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