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Explaining why experimental behavior varies across cultures: A missing step in “The weirdest people in the world?”

  • Edouard Machery (a1)

In this commentary, I argue that to properly assess the significance of the cross-cultural findings reviewed by Henrich et al., one needs to understand better the causes of the variation in performance in experimental tasks across cultures.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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