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Title:Culture and Somatic Focused Attention
Author(s):Dzokoto, Vivian A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Okazaki, Sumie
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Abstract:In a two-study investigation, cross-cultural differences between Ghanaian and American university students in somatic-focused attention were explored. Study 1 showed that Ghanaian participants paid more attention to their body and less to emotions than did American participants. However, these differences were not explained by differences in individualism/collectivism, self construal, or perceived level of embodiment. In Study 2, Ghanaian participants used fewer emotion words than American participants while recalling significant emotion events. However, there was no difference in body words used. Cultural priming did not appear to have a significant effect on the tendency to use emotion or body words. Together, these findings provide some empirical support for cultural differences in the experience and verbal expression of emotions.
Issue Date:2005
Description:150 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3198981
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2005

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