The thoughts you didn’t know you were thinking.A prominent scholar of social psychology who analyzed the way the East and the West think differently
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How We Think the Way We Think
According to Richard Nisbett, our thoughts are influenced by our environment, social structure, philosophical ideas, educational system, and a variety of other factors. In lectures one and two, various scientific social experiments show us how environmental differences affect Eastern and Western ways of thinking.
It's not just the environment that affects our thinking. Our subconscious also affects our thought processes. People are influenced more by their subconscious than consciousness when making decisions. In lectures three and four, we encounter social psychology studies on the subconscious that we probably have never heard of.
In lecture five, Intelligence: Genetics or Environment, Nisbett corrects our misunderstandings of the essence of intelligence. He also introduces crucial factors affecting human intelligence potential and reveals to us the ideal environment that gives us the greatest possibility of improving our intelligence.
Professor of social psychology at the University of Michigan (1976-) Professor of psychology at Yale University (1966-1976) William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievement (1996) First social psychologist to be a fellow, American Academy of Arts and Science (1991) Awarded numerous times, including from both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science
Richard Nisbett is an American psychologist famous for his research on the differences between Eastern and Western ways of thinking. He is also widely known to many because of his book, The Geography of Thought, a bestseller that explains the specific differences in mindsets between East Asians and Americans.
Richard Nisbett has expanded his area of expertise by exploring the relationship between culture and intelligence through the lens of race, class, and age. His book ‘Intelligence and How to Get It’ resonated with so many people because it corrects our misunderstandings about intelligence and uses scientific proof to reveal the real factors that influence our intelligence and its improvement.
Nisbett has served as a professor at Yale University and is now the Theodore M Newcomb Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Psychology and a Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan.
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