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Although globalization is considered an essential topic of inquiry among diverse social science disciplines and technical and scientific fields, the topic has not generated widespread interest within psychology. Reasons for this may reside in the nature of globalization’s multilevel complexity, requiring transdisciplinary approaches for linking macro-level forces and events to individual and collective behavior. Western psychology, the dominant global professional and scientific psychology, continues to locate behavioral determinants in the immediacy of the situation, and in the individual human psyche.

As a number of authors have noted, it is important for psychology, as a science and profession, to expand its theoretical and conceptual models of behavior to become more inclusive of global levels of political, economic, technical, and cultural events and forces (e.g., international and ...

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