Welcome to the Culture and Cognition Lab!
We try to understand how the sociocultural world and the mind make each other up to influence various facets of psychological function including cognition, emotion, motivation, the self, and health. We have used a wide array of methods including behavioral and neural measures as well as genetic and epigenetic indicators.
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They converge to contribute to a long-standing program of research on the interface between socio-cultural processes and mentality.
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Principal Investigator; Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology
Our most recent work examines, among others, the self, cognition and emotion, norm psychology, and varieties of interdependence across the globe, with behavioral, neuroendocrine, neuroscience, and genetic and epigenetic methods.
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My research explores cultural differences in judgments and norms for internal states, such as beliefs and emotions, across two dimensions: individualism-collectivism and religion. In addition, I seek to show that individualist cultures aren’t always what they claim to be: they can have strong norms, and they can favor de-individuating social identities.
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The overarching goal of my research is to understand how culture interfaces with biology to influence our thinking, feeling, and behavior. To pursue this overarching research agenda, I have examined (i) the psychological mechanisms linked to interdependence in cultures outside of East Asia, (ii) how deeply culture influences spontaneous self-referential thought, and (iii) cultural influences on norms and their impact on recent societal trends.
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My research interests revolve broadly around understanding why and how cultural differences exist and manifest. Specifically, I am interested in the mechanisms underlying cultural variations in cognition and the ways individuals organize themselves within groups.
My research interests revolve around the sense of self across time, namely autobiographical memory
and future thinking, in-cultural contexts. In particular, I’m interested in how cultures influence people
narrate and relate to their past and future selves, and the various outcomes (e.g., psychological
wellbeing) of this subjective experience.
Visiting Graduate Student
My research interests revolve around culture and group dynamics. Specifically, I am focusing on how culture influences our motivation to conform and to trust in norms.
RICHARD NISBETTUniversity of Michigan | Website | Email
HAZEL R. MARKUSStanford University | Website | Email
ERIC IGOUUniversity of Limerick, Ireland | Website | Email
MAYUMI KARASAWATokyo Women's Christian University | Website | Email
JOSE ALBERTO REYESDe La Salle University, The Philippines | Website
Hide HitokotoFukuoka University
Saori TsukamotoNagoya University
Akio KakishimaPublicis Sapient
Tseng-Ping ChiuNational Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
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