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Wilfrid Laurier University
Anne- Marie Colpron

QuestionIs Western psychology a universalFor example The Oedipus complexHuman psychologyLike language human psychology is an open system What we think or feel about something depends greatly on what we have learned to pay attention to and the values we have learned in our societyAnthropological approachDifferent groups with different histories and experiences are likely to develop unique points of view pay attention to different things and feel differently about themPerceptionThe processes by which people organize and experience information that is primarily of sensory origin Perception does not occur in a culturefree vacuum Culture provides patterns for perception proper labeling and responses for it Textbook pp 100101We perceive size shape color pain etcUsing the example of color how can we illustrate that perception is culturally shapedNonliterate South African were tested on twodimensional drawings representing threedimensional objects They interpreted the drawing in two dimensionsThis does not mean they were unable to produce three dimensional models Textbook p101The nonliterate South African were not aware of Western conventions for interpreting twodimensional drawings Far for providing us with insights about their perceptual abilities these kind of tests only teach us about Western perceptual conventionsWe have culturally learned the rules for interpreting these drawingsThe signals we receive from the outside world tend to be open to more than one interpretationPerceptions are symbolic representations of reality not direct samples of realityDrawings are ambiguous and potentially open to distortion how people interpret them depends on preexisting experiences and cultural conventionsThe Mbuti Congo live in dense forests and have no experience of distance greater than a few feet they are not used to taking distance into consideration when estimating the size of an object in the visual field
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