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Self-Disclosure Used to Strengthen Friendships in the United States, but Not in Japan

October 19, 2010 coms 0

In the United States, friends often share intimate details of their lives and problems. However, such self-disclosure is much less common in Japan. A new study by an American researcher living in Japan finds that this may be because of the different social systems in the two countries, and in particular the extent to which there are opportunities to make new friends.

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Perception of Emotion Is Culture-Specific

September 17, 2010 coms 0

Want to know how a Japanese person is feeling? Pay attention to the tone of his voice, not his face. That’s what other Japanese people would do, anyway. A new study examines how Dutch and Japanese people assess others’ emotions and finds that Dutch people pay attention to the facial expression more than Japanese people do.

Accents Are Not Perceived as Trustworthy [Study]

July 23, 2010 coms 0

A new study by the University of Chicago suggests that when accents make people less certain about what an individual is saying, they may transfer that uncertainty onto the statement itself, deciding that the statement is less credible. As a result, many people equate accents with a lack of trustworthiness.