Overseas study experience and global processing style

  • Jiansheng Li
  • Siya Wang
  • Hao Zheng
  • Defu Pan
  • Yue Wang
  • Yang Yang


The current study explored whether overseas study experience is associated with global processing style. In Experiment 1, thirty students had overseas study experience and thirty students had not studied abroad were asked to complete a Navon task. The results showed that, compared to the students without overseas study experience, the students with overseas study experience tended to respond faster towards global letters. In Experiment 2, forty students had overseas study experience and forty students had not studied abroad were asked to look for similarities and differences between the two videos. The results revealed that, compared to students without overseas study experience, students with overseas study experience could find more similarities between objects. These findings indicated that there is a positive relationship between overseas study experience and global processing style.


Global processing style Local processing style Processing styles Multicultural experience Overseas study experience 



The author would like to thank Chi-yue Chiu, a professor of management and marketing at Nanyang Technological University. This research is supported by the Foundation for Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province (1506RJYA120), the Gansu Provincial Social Science Foundation (YB027), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31760282).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Research Involving Human Participants

The study was conducted after obtaining Institutional Review Board approval from the department of Psychology at Northwest Normal University. We received the written consent of all participants before testing began. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthwest Normal UniversityLanzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Medicine Training CenterAir Force Dalian AeronauticalDalianPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Criminal Science and TechnologyNanjing Forestpolice CollegeNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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