Ecoculture, social interdependence and holistic cognition: Evidence from farming, fishing and herding communities in Turkey

Uskul, Ayse K. and Nisbett, R. E. and Kitayama, S. (2008) Ecoculture, social interdependence and holistic cognition: Evidence from farming, fishing and herding communities in Turkey. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 1 (1). pp. 40-41. ISSN 1942-0889. (Full text available)

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Abstract

It has been hypothesized that interdependent (versus independent) social orientations breed more holistic (versus analytic) cognitions. If so, farming and small-scale fishing, which require more cooperation (and represent a more interdependent mode of being) than does herding, may encourage a more holistic mode of cognition. To test this hypothesis we compared responses to tasks measuring categorization, reasoning and attention by members of herding, fishing and farming communities in the eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The samples did not differ from each other in important demographic variables such as nationality, ethnicity, language and religion, as well as age and education. As hypothesized, in all three tasks, results indicated a greater degree of holistic mode of cognition exhibited by the members of fishing and farming communities than members of herding communities. The findings support the notion that level of special interdependence fostered by ecocultural settings is likely to shape the ways in which individuals perceive and attend to their surrounding world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: social interdependence, farming, fishing, herding, Black Sea, Turkey, holistic cognition
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Ayse Uskul
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 17:00
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2013 11:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32398 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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