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“The reason Where’s Waldo is really hard is everything is extremely heterogeneous. There isn’t anything that one could certainly ignore,”Corbin Cunningham, who studies cognitive and neural mechanisms of attention

“It’s been Americanized, because most Americans aren’t comfortable with Chinese food until it’s turned into essentially an American version and served in an American setting,”Andrew Coe, who wrote a book on the history of Chinese food in the United States

“Corruption and fraud are things going on in the social environment all the time, and it’s plausible that it shapes people’s psychology, what they can get away with. ‘It’s okay! Everybody does it around here,’”—Simon Gächter, an economist who studies decision-making

(Previous quotes from our sources here)