Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience

4 05 2012

Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience
edited by  Suparna Choudhury and Jan Slaby

Wiley-Blackwell, 2012


Critical Neuroscience brings together multi-disciplinary scholars from around the world to explore key social, historical and philosophical studies of neuroscience, and to analyze the socio-cultural implications of recent advances in the field.

– explores the creative potential for engaging experimental neuroscience with social studies of neuroscience

– Furthers the dialogue between neuroscience and the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities

– Transcends traditional scepticism, introducing novel ideas about ‘how to be critical’ in and about science

– Features contributions from eminent scholars including Steven Rose, Joseph Dumit, Laurence Kirmayer, Shaun Gallagher, Fernando Vidal, Allan Young and Joan Chiao


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Job Opening – Faculty Research Assistant to join the CASL Priming of Cultural Perspectives Research Team at the University of Maryland

13 12 2011

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join the CASL Priming of Cultural Perspectives (PCP) research team.  The CASL PCP research team investigates dimensions of culture and their effects on social relations, work behaviors, and decision-making processes.

Duties: The FRA will contribute to a research program that assesses whether priming individuals’ cultural perspectives influences interpretation of written text, using a combination of survey measures and experimental manipulations. Tasks will include organizing meetings, assisting in the collection, organization, synthesis, and analysis of data, as well as collecting, storing, processing, and analyzing research data.  The FRA will also work with the PCP research team to develop surveys, pilot test and validate surveys, manage the team library, prepare research protocols, meet with clients, and assist in writing progress reports, briefings, and technical reports.  Duties may also include fMRI data collection and analysis.

For earliest consideration, apply online here. To read more information about this job opening, the qualifications required and the application process link here.

Joan Chiao and Shinobu Kitayama Announce International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium

8 11 2011


“We are pleased to announce the development of the international cultural neuroscience consortium (ICNC). The goal of the ICNC is to build an interdisciplinary, international research network in cultural neuroscience.

In the next few years, we look forward to developing working groups, offer travel grants for speakers and students at conferences as well as an online website to connect researchers from interdisciplinary communities and facilitate collaborations in cultural neuroscience to study population health disparities and public policy in global context.

We are grateful for your support to develop the ICNC as well as your continued involvement in the ICNC activities. To further this initiative, we look forward to your responses to an online survey that will help us create research and teaching connections and an active database scholars and policymakers across diverse communities and cultures.

Please feel free to distribute widely to your students, friends and colleagues and we look forward to receiving your suggestions by early November!”


via blog

Cultural Neuroscience and the Politics of Alterity – Talk by Laurence J. Kirmayer

8 04 2011

Laurence J. Kirmayer gave a talk on cultural neuroscience and psychiatry last year that I have found very informative. In his talk, Kirmayer emphasizes that the brain needs to be understood as part of a larger social, cultural and political system. The talk was given on the 3rd of December 2010 at the “Talking Brains” conference at the “Einstein Forum” in Potsdam. In order to listen to the talk, link here, click on the play-button on the right side of the page and skip the intro (if you wish, since it is in German).

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McGill University’s Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry – May/June 2011

4 04 2011

In 1995, the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University inaugurated an annual summer school in social and cultural psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. The program provides the conceptual background for research and clinical work in social and cultural psychiatry and will be of interest to:

  • postdoctoral trainees, researchers, and clinicians in psychiatry and other mental health disciplines
  • residents and graduate students in health and social sciences
  • physicians, psychologists, social workers and health professionals

The summer program has reached its 17th edition this year, is directed by Laurence J. Kirmayer and will take place from 2nd May – 3rd June 2011. For more information, link here. Read the rest of this entry »

University of South Carolina’s 28th Annual Multicultural Symposium: Cultural Neuroscience – April 2011

21 02 2011

The Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina will host its 28th Annual Multicultural Symposium on April 8th. The symposium is organized by the Black Psychology Graduate Student Association. This year’s topic is Cultural Neuroscience: Understanding How Biology & Culture Shape the Mind & Behavior.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Lasana Harris, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University (neural correlates of person perception and decision-making)
  • Dr. Joan Chiao, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University (psychological and neural processes underlying social behavior and emotion processing)
  • Dr. Vivian Ota Wang, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (genomics and public health)
  • Dr. Susan Fiske, Department of Psychology, Princeton University (stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination).

For additional information on the programme and contact information, link here.

via University of South Carolina Psychology Department Chair’s Blog

Experimental Methods in the Study of Cognition and Culture – Course at the Summer University Programme at Aarhus University – August 2011

18 02 2011

This year’s Summer University Programme at Aarhus University in Denmark will include an interesting course on “Experimental Methods in the Study of Cognition and Culture”.

Description: What can cognition and brain function tell us about cultural forms? And how does culture impinge on cognitive processing and brain functions? The interface between culture on the one hand, and cognition and brain science on the other is a fast-developing research area attracting numerous scholars and scientists with different backgrounds. Neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, and humanists of various sorts seek to find out how evolved cognitive capacities, cultural learning and social and institutional forms interact to constrain, or even produce, human behavior. Such interdisciplinary work not only calls for a high degree of translatability between terminologies found in each individual discipline. It further calls for knowledge about, and experience with, different methodologies. Read the rest of this entry »