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Your culture influences the way you dance

December 21, 2009

via jansamachar.net

London, Dec 21 (IANS) One’s cultural affiliations have a bearing on the way one dances, according to a new study.

The way people remember dance moves depends on the culture they come from, the study says.

Whereas a German or other Westerners might think in terms of ‘step to the right, step to the left,’ a nomadic hunter-gatherer from Namibia might think something more like ‘step to the east, step to the west’.

Those differences aren’t just a matter of language; rather, they reflect differences in the way the mind encodes and remembers spatial relationships.

“The human mind varies more across cultures than we generally assume,” said Daniel Haun of the Max Planck Research Group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology.

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