Friday, April 2, 2010

Cultural Neuroscience

Have you been introduced to the new genre of Cultural Neuroscience? Two researchers, Shihui Han and Georg Northoff, wrote an article entitled: "Culture-sensitive neural substrates of human cognition: a transcultural neuroimaging approach." Although abundant evidence exists for diversity of human cognition
and behaviour across cultures, the question of whether the neural correlates of
human cognition are also culture-dependent is often not considered by
neuroscientists. Recent transcultural neuroimaging studies have
demonstrated that one’s cultural background can influence the neural activity
that underlies both high- and low-level cognitive functions. The examples provided about West-East Brains is fascinating. Also, Sharon Begley, writing for Newsweek ( providing additional examples in her article "West Brain, East Brain --What a difference culture makes."

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