Paper by Dr. Uchida et. al. Published in Frontiers in Psychology
A research paper by Dr. Yukiko Uchida and the collaborating researchers, Hitoshi Tominaga, Yuri Miyamoto and Teruo Yamasaki were published in Frontiers in Psychology.
Previous studies have suggested that individuals in Japan are more likely to show holistic attention -a pattern of attention that incorporates contextual information into focal stimuli-than individuals from North American cultures. In this study, participants performed a musical duet either with another participant or individually with a computer. The results suggested that feeling negative affect while performing with another person (but not a computer) was positively correlated with having a holistic pattern of attention.
Negative affect during a collective (but not an Individual) task is associated with holistic attention in East Asian cultural context.
Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1283. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01283