What do you see?
Friday, December 14, 2007

What is above the woman's head? When scientists showed a similar sketch to people from East Africa, nearly all the participants in the experiment said she was balancing a box or metal can on her head. In a culture containing few angular visual cues, the family is seen sitting under a tree. Westerners, on the other hand, are accustomed to the corners and boxlike shapes of architecture. They are more likely to place the family indoors and to interpret the rectangle above the woman's head as a window through which shrubbery can be seen.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, December 14, 2007  
  • At 12/15/07, 2:32 AM, Blogger J$ said…


  • At 12/15/07, 3:31 AM, Blogger Deepak Gopi said…

    I interpreted it as family sitting indoors.
    gr8 one alex.
    Good day & a nice week end.

  • At 12/15/07, 7:24 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    I also went for the indoors interpretation - with either a window or maybe something on the wall. But the indoors's interpretation that's also because it looks like there's a corner in the room (which in my western eyes doesn't look like a tree).

  • At 12/15/07, 8:04 AM, Blogger R2K said…

    I guess if you own a computer, you always see indoors.

  • At 12/16/07, 8:55 AM, Blogger Rodolfo N said…

    Interesante tu blog.
    Buen fin de semana!

  • At 12/17/07, 2:07 PM, Blogger Bella said…

    That is cool.

    I'm such a Westerner.

  • At 12/20/07, 2:07 PM, Blogger ANNA-LYS said…

    The socio-cultural dimension/aspects has a great impact on our perceptions. This was a very pedagogical way to make the phenomena visible and understood!
    Great post!

    Good Yule Season!

  • At 1/9/08, 1:10 AM, Blogger zayne said…

    thanks for posting that.

    awesome display of how our culture interprets the everyday.


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