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The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition: Contradiction, Change, and Holism

Julie Spencer-Rodgers and Kaiping Peng


The unprecedented economic growth in many East Asian societies in the few past decades have placed the region center stage, and increasing globalization have made East-West cultural understanding of even greater importance today. This book is the most comprehensive on East Asian cognition and thinking styles to date, and is the first to bring together a large body of empirical research on “naïve dialecticism” (Peng & Nisbett, 1999; Peng, Spencer-Rodgers, & Nian, 2006) and “analytic/holistic thinking” (Nisbett, 2003), theories in cultural psychology that stem from Richard Nisbett’s (2003) highl ... More

Keywords: East Asian societies, cross-cultural differences, East-West differences, cultural psychology, cultural cognition, naïve dialecticism, cognitive holism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199348541
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199348541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, editor
Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University

Kaiping Peng, editor
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley

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Chapter 1 What Is Dialectical Thinking? Conceptualization and Measurement

Julie Spencer-Rodgers, Elise Anderson, Christine Ma-Kellams, Carol Wang, and Kaiping Peng

Chapter 3 Culture and Lay Theories of Change

Ning Zhang, Li-Jun Ji, and Tieyuan Guo

Chapter 4 Analytic versus Holistic Cognition

Minkyung Koo, Jong An Choi, and Incheol Choi

Chapter 6 The Cultural Neuroscience of Holistic Thinking

Bobby K. Cheon, Rongxiang Tang, Joan Y. Chiao, and Yi-Yuan Tang

Chapter 7 Judging the World Dialectically versus Non-Dialectically

Takahiko Masuda, Liman Man Wai Li, and Matthew J. Russell

Chapter 9 Dialectical Thinking and Creativity from Many Perspectives

Susannah B. F. Paletz, Kyle Bogue, Ella Miron-Spektor, and Julie Spencer-Rodgers

Chapter 10 Dialectical Thinking and Its Influence in the World

Joonha Park, Susumu Yamaguchi, Takafumi Sawaumi, and Hiroaki Morio

Chapter 11 Entitativity Perceptions of Individuals and Groups across Cultures

Saori Tsukamoto, Yoshihisa Kashima, Nick Haslam, Elise Holland, and Minoru Karasawa

Chapter 13 The Yin and Yang of Attitudes and Related Constructs

Christine Ma-Kellams, Julie Spencer-Rodgers, and Kaiping Peng

Chapter 14 The Dialectical Self

Sylvia Xiaohua Chen, Julie Spencer-Rodgers, and Kaiping Peng

Chapter 16 Contextual and Cultural Factors Influencing Malleable Racial Identity

Julie A. Garcia, Diana T. Sanchez, and Margaret Shih

Chapter 17 When in Rome Think Like a Roman

Ashley M. Votruba and Virginia S. Y. Kwan

Chapter 18 Dialectical Emotions

Brooke Wilken and Yuri Miyamoto

Chapter 20 The Yin-Yang of Stress

Hi-Po Bobo Lau and Cecilia Cheng

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