Thursday, August 26, 2010

Your religion affects what you see.

From Science/AAAS | Editors' Choice : 27 August 2010; 329 (5995).
Colzato et al. have looked at the linkage between religious upbringing and visual perception in three … populations—neo-Calvinists in the Netherlands, Roman Catholics in Italy, and Orthodox Jews in Israel—and found that adherents of each of these religions differed from atheists of the same cultural background. The Calvinists, whose tradition emphasizes the role of the individual, showed greater visual attentiveness to local features, whereas the big picture perspective was favored by Catholics and Jews, whose traditions stress social togetherness.

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