Culture plays an important role in our everyday lives, yet the study of cultural processes and their impact on thinking and behavior is still in its infancy. Research in anthropology generally lacks the clarity and specificity of cognitive processes and is therefore usually ignored by most psychologists. On the other hand, most cognitive research in psychology either ignores culture as an important factor to be taken into account or treats culture as yet another independent variable. Recent trends indicate an increasing interest in ‘cultureߣ as a topic of psychological inquiry. Culture and Cognition: Implications for Theory and Methods combines the study of culture with an understanding of relevant cognitive processes and the challenge of studying high-level cognition as embedded into culture. Author Norbert Ross engages both anthropology and psychology, with the belief that any successful research in culture and cognition must embrace insights from both fields.
Chapter 2: Cultural Studies and Comparative Design
Cultural Studies and Comparative Design
In the introductory chapter, I discussed the importance of combining different theoretical approaches and methodologies to gain a better understanding of culture. This is particularly important in the field of cross-cultural comparisons. Here it is not only important to identify and document differences, ...