Category Archives: Brains

How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains

Scientists have begun to identify the symphony of biological triggers that powered the extraordinary expansion of the human brain. Fossils established the Brain Boom as fact. But they tell us next to nothing about how and why the human brain … Continue reading

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The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology

The brain and the nervous system are our most cultural organs. Our nervous system is especially immature at birth, our brain disproportionately small in relation to its adult size and open to cultural sculpting at multiple levels. Recognizing this, the … Continue reading

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On the Effects of Cultural Experience on the Brain

How does the brain represent number and perform mathematical calculations? According to a recent and provocative study by Tang and colleagues, it depends on which language you learn. They found that the divergent linguistic and cultural experiences of native Chinese … Continue reading

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The Brain, the Mind, and Societal and Cultural Learning

Research reveals that historical episodes of societal and cultural change have always been mediated by out groups which seek direct experience of reality and the personal transformation it entrains. The strictly rationalist model of cultural change used in Futures Research … Continue reading

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Cultural Neuroscience: Cultural Influences on Brain Function

Cultural neuroscience is a new, interdisciplinary field bridging cultural psychology, neurosciences, and neurogenetics that seeks to explain how neurobiological processes, such as genetic expression and brain function, give rise to cultural values, practices, and beliefs as well as how culture … Continue reading

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Brain and Socio-Cultural Environment

The human brain is currently studied as a natural object working in a world of natural stimuli. Brain functional organization depending on the socio-cultural environment is not sufficiently considered. Research perspectives are outlined in order to verify the hypothesis of … Continue reading

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Anthropology of the Brain: Consciousness, Culture, and Free Will

In this unique exploration of the mysteries of the human brain, Roger Bartra shows that consciousness is a phenomenon that occurs not only in the mind, but also in an external network, a symbolic system. He argues that the symbolic … Continue reading

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Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture

Descartes boldly claimed: “I think, therefore I am.” But one might well ask: Why do we think? How? When and why did our human ancestors develop language and culture? In other words, what makes the human mind human? Evolution of … Continue reading

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Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture

In Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture, Fiske and Taylor carefully integrate the many new threads of social cognition research that have emerged, including developments within social neuroscience, cultural psychology and some areas of applied psychology, and continue to tell … Continue reading

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Cultural differences in Human Brain Activity

Psychologists have been trying to understand differences in cognition and behavior between East Asian and Western cultures within a single cognitive framework such as holistic versus analytic or interdependent versus independent processes. However, it remains unclear whether cultural differences in … Continue reading

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