Category Archives: Cultural brain

The Cultural Brain Hypothesis and the transmission and evolution of culture

Humans are an undeniably remarkable species with massive brains, amazing technology, and large, well-connected social networks. The co-occurrence of these traits is no accident. Here, I introduce the Cultural Brain Hypothesis and Cumulative Cultural Brain Hypothesis. The Cultural Brain Hypothesis is a single … Continue reading

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How Culture Wires Our Brains

Insights from cultural neuroscience. Culture has been called “an amalgam of values, meanings, conventions and artifacts that constitute daily social realities” (Kitayama & Park, 2010). As a system of meaning and shared beliefs, culture provides a framework for our behavioral … 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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Cultural Intelligence – From Social to Cultural Brain

Although the social brain hypothesis has found near-universal acceptance as the best explanation for the evolution of extensive variation in brain size among mammals, it faces two problems. First, it cannot account for grade shifts, where species or complete lineages … 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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Ontogenesis of the Socially Extended Mind

I consider the developmental origins of the socially extended mind. First, I argue that, from birth, the physical interventions caregivers use to regulate infant attention and emotion (gestures, facial expressions, direction of gaze, body orientation, patterns of touch and vocalization, … Continue reading

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