Culture and Self-Other Overlap in Neural Circuits

Michael Varnum, Ryan S. Hampton

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of cultural neuroscience research on how our brains represent others and the self in a similar fashion. The extent of this self-other overlap appears to be linked to cultural factors. We highlight research that documents cultural influences on self-other overlap in neural representation in terms of abstract self-schemas, empathy, vicarious reward/loss, and motor resonance. The advantages of neural measures for such research are emphasized, and future opportunities and challenges are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Culture and Biology Interplay
PublisherWiley
Pages443-463
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781119181361
ISBN (Print)9781119181323
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 22 2017

Keywords

  • Cultural neuroscience
  • EEG
  • Empathy
  • ERP
  • FMRI
  • Motor resonance
  • Self
  • Vicarious reward

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Varnum, M., & Hampton, R. S. (2017). Culture and Self-Other Overlap in Neural Circuits. In The Handbook of Culture and Biology Interplay (pp. 443-463). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119181361.ch18