Seeing is believing: how participants in different subcultures judge people's credulity
Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 573–585, May/June 2007
How to Cite
Mitchell, P., Souglidou, M., Mills, L. and Ziegler, F. (2007), Seeing is believing: how participants in different subcultures judge people's credulity. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 37: 573–585. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.378
- Issue online: 25 APR 2007
- Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Received: 13 JAN 2005
We presented a scenario in which a protagonist saw an object in Location A but later heard a message saying it was in Location B. Participants judged where the protagonist believed the object was. In one condition, participants had additional information that the message was true. Those from an individualistic subculture tended to judge that the protagonist believed the message when they (the participants) knew it was true but disbelieved the message when they had no additional information. In contrast, participants from a collectivist subculture tended to judge that the protagonist believed the message in both circumstances. The results suggest that culture is related with subtle aspects of understanding the mind and especially how people evaluate messages. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.