Podcast: Nalini Ambady on Cultural Neuroscience

18 06 2013

In yesterday’s post I introduced a website run by her daughters and students, dedicated to helping professor Nalini Ambady find a bone marrow donor as soon as possible. Today I want to share with you an older podcast where professor Ambady talks about the emerging field of cultural neuroscience, a field she has helped found. In this 2010 interview she defines concepts, talks about how cultural norms and identities are shaped by the mind and brain and vice versa.  She also illustrates research findings and examples from her own lab. You can play or download the podcast over at neuroscene.

via Anne Egros at Zestnzen





The What, Why and How of Cultural Neuroscience – Part 1: What is Cultural Neuroscience?

28 01 2011

What is Cultural Neuroscience?

The term “cultural neuroscience” was coined by Joan Chiao, a former graduate student of Nalini Ambady at Harvard University. It describes an emerging interdisciplinary field focused on investigating the multidirectional interactions between culture, mind, genes and the brain (Chiao & Ambady, 2007 in the Handbook of Cultural Psychology, edited by Kitayama and Cohen). The relationship is not assumed to be unidirectional because cultural practices adapt to neurobiological constraints on the one hand and human neurobiology adapts to cultural experience on the other (Ambady & Bharucha, 2009). Read the rest of this entry »