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Cultural Neuroscience: Visualizing Culture-Gene Influences on Brain Function

Joan Y. Chiao

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195342161.013.0049

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Cultural Neuroscience: Visualizing Culture-Gene Influences on Brain Function

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This chapter presents an introduction to 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 is motivated by two intriguing questions of human nature: How do cultural traits (e.g., values, beliefs, practices) shape neurobiology (e.g., genetic and neural processes) and behavior; and how do neurobiological mechanisms (e.g., genetic and neural processes) facilitate the emergence and transmission of cultural traits?

Keywords: cultural neuroscience; transcultural neuroimaging; cultural psychology; neuroscience; individualism-collectivism; population genetics; neurogenetics; culture-gene coevolution; social neuroscience; neuroanthropology; gene-environment interaction

Article.  10976 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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