Culture and Neuroscience

Your brain on culture

The bur­geon­ing field of cul­tural neu­ro­science is find­ing that cul­ture influ­ences brain devel­op­ment, and per­haps vice versa.

When an Amer­i­can thinks about whether he is hon­est, his brain activ­ity looks very dif­fer­ent than when he thinks about whether another per­son is hon­est, even a close rel­a­tive. That’s not true for Chi­nese peo­ple. When a Chi­nese man eval­u­ates whether he is hon­est, his brain activ­ity looks almost iden­ti­cal to when he is think­ing about whether his mother is hon­est.

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