24 Culture and Social Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology
II. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
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Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition
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Miller, J. G. and Boyle, J. P. 2012. Culture and Social Psychology. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 5:II:24.
- Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
The chapter presents a theoretical and empirical overview of social psychological research in cultural psychology. Consideration is given to the processes that have contributed to minimizing the significance of culture both in mainstream social psychology and in early traditions of cross-cultural research. Work in cultural psychology challenges the prevailing neglect of culture in psychology and to offer new understandings of the essential role of culture in the emergence of all higher-order psychological processes. Next, an overview is presented of contemporary social psychology research in cultural psychology in the areas of self-processes, attribution, cognition, motivation, emotion, attachment, and relationships. This research provides insight into ways that cultural meanings and practices influence the form of basic psychological processes, such as in biasing perception of objects and in qualitatively affecting emotional experiences and moral outlooks. In conclusion, consideration is given to the challenges facing work on culture and social psychology, such as the need to go beyond highly stereotypical conceptions of cultural variation, as well to new directions in which this work is developing, such as the recent expansion into cultural neuroscience.
- cultural psychology;