Category Archives: Culture

Culture Wires the Brain: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective

There is clear evidence that sustained experiences may affect both brain structure and function. Thus, it is quite reasonable to posit that sustained exposure to a set of cultural experiences and behavioral practices will affect neural structure and function. The … Continue reading

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Contextualizing culture and social cognition

Cognitive neuroscientists have recently begun to study self-consciousness and intersubjectivity but have not yet taken into account adequately the influence of culture on these phenomena. Here, we argue against the naïve inclusion of ‘culture’ as an additional independent factor that … Continue reading

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Culture in social neuroscience: A review

The aim of this review is to highlight an emerging field: the neuroscience of culture. This new field links cross-cultural psychology with cognitive neuroscience across fundamental domains of cognitive and social psychology. We present a summary of studies on emotion, … Continue reading

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Culture in the Brain

How does the culture you grow up in reflect in your brain? We are all different. We each have a different genetic lineage, a different upbringing, We live in different geographies, speak different languages, observe different social codes. That is … Continue reading

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The Cultural side of Science Communication

The main proposition of this paper is that science communication necessarily involves and includes cultural orientations. There is a substantial body of work showing that cultural differences in values and epistemological frameworks are paralleled with cultural differences reflected in artifacts … Continue reading

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Culture, Mind, and the Brain: Current Evidence and Future Directions

Current research on culture focuses on independence and interdependence and documents numerous East-West psychological differences, with an increasing emphasis placed on cognitive mediating mechanisms. Lost in this literature is a time-honored idea of culture as a collective process composed of cross-generationally … Continue reading

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Theory and Methods in Cultural Neuroscience

Cultural neuroscience is an emerging research discipline that investigates cultural variation in psychological, neural and genomic processes as a means of articulating the bidirectional relationship of these processes and their emergent properties. Research in cultural neuroscience integrates theory and methods … Continue reading

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Culture and the Self – Implications for Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation

People in different cultures have strikingly different construals of the self, of others, and of the interdependence of the two. These construals can influence, and in many cases determine, the very nature of individual experience, including cognition, emotion, and motivation. … Continue reading

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Evolution’s Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide

In recent decades, Susan Oyama and her colleagues in the burgeoning field of developmental systems theory have rejected the determinism inherent in the nature/nurture debate, arguing that behavior cannot be reduced to distinct biological or environmental causes. In Evolution’s Eye … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of In-group Bias

Racism and in-group favoritism is prevalent in our society and has been studied in Social Psychology for a long time. Recently it has become possible to investigate the neural mechanisms that underlie these in-group biases, and hence this review will give an … Continue reading

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