Using an engaging storytelling approach, Culture and Psychology introduces students to culture from a scientific yet accessible point of view. Author Stephen Fox integrates art, literature, and music into each chapter to offer students a rich and complete picture of cultures from around the world. The text wholly captures students’ attention while addressing key concepts typically found in a Psychology of Culture or Cross-Cultural Psychology course. Chapters feature personalized, interdisciplinary stories to help students understand specific concepts and theories, and encourage them to make connections between the material and their own lives.
Chapter One: Introduction to the Psychological Study of Culture
Introduction to the Psychological Study of Culture
- LO 1.1 Explain the relevance of culture to psychological research.
- LO 1.2 Evaluate existing definitions of culture and their relevance for cultural research.
- LO 1.3 Describe evidence of factors that made human culture possible.
- LO 1.4 Identify brain structures that enable human thought and communication and relevant theories about human social interaction.
- LO 1.5 Describe configurations of basic human groups.
- LO 1.6 Discuss the rise of symbolic thought and communication and its effect on rate of innovation in human culture.
- LO 1.7 Explain how cultural products and processes provide evidence of basic psychological parameters of culture.
Preparing to Read
- What comes to mind when you think of the word culture?
- What is/are your culture(s)?
- Have you ever had to ...