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Instead, British authorities and psychiatrists concerned themselves with "normal" African mentalities, the defining "Other" of the colonial situation.
Nisbett and his coworkers have sifted out some of the "cognitive residue" of these ancient mentalities in experiments with groups of volunteers.
The papers are organized in sections that address historical conceptualizations of mentality; Vedic Indian and Indo-European understandings of mentality; concepts of regional mentality in the Anglophone world, the Arab world, Latin America, and the Francophone world; and national mentalities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, the United States, China, and Germany.
25] Large-scale changes in mentalities, expressed by the variable Time, show the most significant influence on charity: ceteris paribus, charity becomes less frequent during the reform period and remains at a low level afterwards.