Because attention is so closely connected to our brain’s basic wiring, it can be difficult to recognize our own patterns of giving attention – patterns we’ve been absorbing since birth. Yet different cultures do allocate attention differently. For example: psychologist Richard E. Nisbett concluded (in his underwater scene study) that East Asians focus on relationships while Westerners tend to see isolated objects rather than the connections between them. What is your brain (not) wired for? What do you “see” and are you aware off what you miss?

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