【令和元年度 一般公募プロジェクト】Effect of culturally shaped experiences on cognitive processing
研究課題 Effect of culturally shaped experiences on cognitive processing
研究代表者 Yeh SU-Ling Department of psychology, National Taiwan University,Professor
本センター担当教員 上田祥行 京都大学こころの未来研究センター 特定講師
連携研究員 Jun Saiki Kyoto University,Ph.D.
Search asymmetry refers to the phenomenon where searching for one long line among short lines is faster than searching for one short line among long lines (North Americans). However, Japanese did not show this tendency and Taiwanese even exhibited faster search for short among long lines (Ueda et al., 2017; Ueda et al., 2019). The lack of classical search asymmetry might result from the usage of kanjis, which made Japanese and Taiwanese more sensitive to shorter lines while alphabets do the opposite. Here we aim to further examine whether prior exposure to English words and kanjis could affect performances in search task. We hypothesize that if Japanese are asked to perform a kanji search task, and become more sensitive to short lines, Japanese might also show reversed search asymmetry in line search task as Taiwanese. In the same vein, if Taiwanese perform an English word search task before the line search task, they might become more sensitive to longer lines and show the classical search asymmetry pattern.