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Chapter 13 - The History of Psychological Testing in East Asia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2022

Sumaya Laher
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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China, Japan, and South Korea, as three representative countries in East Asia, all have their own historical and cultural traditions, but they are closely related. In particular, Chinese culture has a great influence on Japan and Korea. The history of psychological testing in East Asia can be traced back to the ancient Chinese talent selection system. For example, an important content of the system of selecting officials in ancient China, the imperial examinations not only penetrated the middle and late stages of Chinese feudal society but also had a particularly profound impact on the entire East Asian civilization. However, despite some similarities in culture, these three countries have maintained their own ways of living. In this chapter we discuss the histories of psychological assessment of the three countries.

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