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Sheena Iyengar: the art of choosing

Second year students: Culture and leisure

Hello students.Our next speaker is Sheena Invengar.  We are going to listen  about  Sheena Iyengar's study on the cultural nature of choosing.

Sheena Iyengar was born in Toronto, Canada in 1969. Her parents had emigrated there from Delhi, India.  When Sheena  was three years old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease of retinal degeneration.[4] By 6th grade,  Sheena  had lost the ability to read, and by 11th grade, she had lost her sight entirely and could only perceive light.

Sheena is an example to all of us.  

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1. According to Sheena Iyengar, fundamental ideas about choosing shape our minds. How where you shaped by the idea of choosing that permeates the society where you were born?

2. Seenany Iyengar says that in American society there is the belief that if  a choice affects you, you should be the only one to make the decision. This way your needs will be accounted for. After listening to her talk. Do you think this holds true?

3. Do you think the anagram experiment would have varied if instead of American children/ Asian American children, the experiment had been carried out with Spanish / Asian Spanish children?

4. Some people believe that the more choices you have the more likely you are to make the best choice. Do you agree with this statement?

5. Sheena Iyengar says that in  the USA there is an assumption that states that "You must never say no to choice." Is this assumption true for you?


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