The interaction between brain, mind, and society is key to the study of cross-cultural psychology. Cross-cultural psychology is a scientific discipline that tries to explain the similarities and differences between human minds in different places throughout the world. In this class we will discuss such basic questions about universal and culture-specific psychological states and dispositions as ‘Does a New Guinea stone-age warrior feel the same emotions as, say, a New York college student? Does your mother tongue make you “see” the world in different ways from speakers of other languages? Why do we encounter people who consider good what we consider evil? Scientific answers to such basic questions pave the way for solving practical problems in a globalized society. Throughout the semester, we will draw on relevant examples you encounter while living abroad.
Pre-req: PSY 205, PSY 209, or equivalent introductory psychology course
Semesters: Fall, Spring