Culture and Biology Interplay: An Introduction

Jose Causadias, Eva H. Telzer, Richard M. Lee

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Abstract

Objective:Culture and biology have evolved together, influence each other, and concurrently shape behavior, affect, cognition, and development. This special section highlights 2 major domains of the interplay between culture and biology. Method:The first domain is neurobiology of cultural experiences-how cultural, ethnic, and racial experiences influence limbic systems and neuroendocrine functioning-and the second domain is cultural neuroscience-the connections between cultural processes and brain functioning. Results:We include 3 studies on neurobiology of cultural experiences that examine the associations between racial discrimination and heart rate variability (Hill et al., 2016), economic and sociocultural stressors and cortisol levels (Mendoza, Dmitrieva, Perreira, && Watamura, 2016), and unfair treatment and allostatic load (Ong, Williams, Nwizu, && Gruenewald, 2016). We also include 2 studies on cultural neuroscience that investigate cultural group differences and similarities in beliefs, practices, and neural basis of emotion regulation (Qu && Telzer, 2016), and reflected and direct self-appraisals (Pfeifer et al., 2016). Conclusions:We discuss pending challenges and future directions for this emerging field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
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StateAccepted/In press - Aug 15 2016

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Keywords

  • Biology
  • Cultural
  • Culture
  • Culture and biology interplay
  • Neurobiology of cultural experiences
  • Neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Culture and Biology Interplay : An Introduction. / Causadias, Jose; Telzer, Eva H.; Lee, Richard M.

In: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15.08.2016.

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