Chapter Five

Perceptual and mnemonic differences across cultures

Angela Gutchess*; Robert Sekuler    Department of Psychology and Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, United States* Corresponding author: email address:


In this chapter, we selectively review the literature investigating how culture affects memory and perception. The chapter tries to capture some of the ways that culture and life experience can shape perception, including adaptive changes that are shaped by the characteristics of one's environment. In its treatment of memory, the chapter focuses on the ways in which culture may influence the amount of specific information that is contained in memory for autobiographical ...

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