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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33195

Title: Brain and behavior in cultural context: Insights from cognition, perception, and emotion
Authors: Rule, Nicholas O.
Freeman, Jonathan B.
Ambady, Nalini
Keywords: social neuroscience
cross-cultural psychology
emotion
cognition
perception
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Rule, N. O., Freeman, J. B., & Ambady, N. (2011). Brain and behavior in cultural context: Insights from cognition, perception, and emotion. In S. Han & E. Poeppel (Ed’s.), Culture and identity: Neural frames of social cognition (pp. 109-122). New York: Springer.
Abstract: ecent developments in cultural neuroscience have provided insights showing that human brain function can vary along cultural lines. In the present article, we review the contributions of cultural psychology to the study and under- standing of human cognitive neuroscience by focusing on three key areas of importance: cognition, perception, and emotion. We first review what is known about the influence of culture on the brain with regard to some basic cognitive processes: language, mathematics, memory, and perspective-taking/theory of mind. We then review cultural influences on the neuroscience of perception, focusing on the perception of objects, scenes, and social cues. Finally, we review the role of culture in the understanding of emotion recognition from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Together, these three components of human behavior and brain func- tion serve to illustrate how a unique understanding of cognitive neuroscience can be gained from the study of culture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33195
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