Overall, Americans engage in more analytic perception and are better at recognizing changes in focal objects (practices and ideas in Western societies tend to require separating objects from their contexts and interpreting independent and absolute aspects of environmental stimuli. The Japanese, on the other hand, tend to engage in more holistic perception and are better at recognizing things in context. (Chiao, Joan Y., Editor. Progress in Brain Research, Vol.178 ISSN 0079-6123.)