Cultural neuroscience

Daniel L. Ames, Susan T. Fiske

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Cultural neuroscience issues from the apparently incompatible combination of neuroscience and cultural psychology. A brief literature sampling suggests, instead, several preliminary topics that demonstrate proof of possibilities: cultural differences in both lower-level processes (e.g. perception, number representation) and higher-order processes (e.g. inferring others' emotions, contemplating the self) are beginning to shed new light on both culture and cognition. Candidates for future cultural neuroscience research include cultural variations in the default (resting) network, which may be social; regulation and inhibition of feelings, thoughts, and actions; prejudice and dehumanization; and neural signatures of fundamental warmth and competence judgments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-82
Number of pages11
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • Social Psychology


  • Culture
  • Emotion
  • Neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Self
  • Social cognition


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