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Cultural Neuroscience: cultural influences on brain function

This volume presents recent empirical advances using neuroscience techniques to investigate how culture influences neural processes underlying a wide range of human abilities, from perception and scene processing to memory and social cognition. It also highlights the theoretical and methodological issues with conducting cultural neuroscience research.  Section I provides diverse theoretical perspectives on how culture and biology interact are represented.  Sections II –VI is to demonstrate how cultural values, beliefs, practices and experience affect neural systems underlying a wide range of human behavior from perception and cognition to emotion, social cognition and decision-making.  The final section presents arguments for integrating the study of culture and the human brain by providing an explicit articulation of how the study of culture can inform the study of the brain and vice versa.


neuroscientists, social cognitive neuroscientists, cultural psychologists, cross-cultural psychologists, researchers and practitioners in affective neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience

Included in series
Progress in Brain Research

Hardbound, 328 Pages

Published: November 2009

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-53361-6


  • The chimpanzees’ cultural capacities
    Biocultural co-construction of developmental plasticity across the lifespan
    Anthropology and cultural neuroscience: Creating productive intersections in parallel fields
    The Brain in Culture and Culture in the Brain: A Review of Core Issues in Neuroanthropology
    Cultural Constraints on Music Perception & Cognition
    Culture, Dopaminergic Genes, and ADHD
    Cultural and neural bases of object recognition across the lifespan
    Neuropsychological Assessment of African Children: Evidence for a Universal Basis to Cognitive Ability
    Cultural influences on memory
    Numbers in the cultural brain
    Cultural and neural bases of language
    Cultural and neural bases of imitation
    Cultural and neural bases of interpersonal perception
    Understanding the self: A cultural neuroscience approach
    Cultural effect on the neural basis of theory of mind
    Cultural neuroscience of emotion
    Cultural and neural bases of social support
    Neuromarketing - in search of the neural representation of brands
    Neuroarcheology: Exploring the links between neural and cultural plasticity
    Cultural psychiatry
    Cultural neuroscience: A once and future discipline


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