5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference: Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications – 19–20 October 2012 / Los Angeles, California

8 05 2012

5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference: Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications will be held at UCLA,  Los Angeles, California from 19–20 October 2012.


“Many lines of research on culture, mind, and brain can no longer be neatly separated. Some questions run together, thanks to our growing understanding of the genome, the biological roots of human sociality, and the mutual constitution of cultures and selves, as well as the complex interactions between the physical, cultural, and social environments underlying health and illness.

The aim of this 2-day conference is to highlight emerging concepts, methodologies and applications in the study of culture, mind, and brain, with particular attention to:

  1. cutting-edge neuroscience research that is successfully incorporating culture and the social world;
  2. the context in which methods are used as well as the tacit assumptions that shape research questions; and
  3. the kinds and quality of collaborations that can advance interdisciplinary research training.

The conference is designed to appeal to a wide academic audience of biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and those in related fields interested in learning about cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection of culture, mind, and brain.”

What I really love about this conference and what makes it even more promising is its actual focus on interdisciplinarity. The impressive speaker list includes Shinobu Kitayama, Shihui Han, Denise Park, Marco Iacoboni, Daniel Lende & Greg Downey (of the Neuroanthropology blog), Georg Northoff, Laurence J. Kirmayer and many more.


Early registration ends on August 20, 2012. Late registration from August 21, 2012 to September 20, 2012. There is no opportunity for poster presentations, but students may apply for limited conference scholarships to be refunded. For more information and registration link here. Please note that seating is very limited. Please note that the FPR conference in 2010 sold out two months before the end of early registration.


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 thefpr.org blog

2nd Summer Institute in Cultural Neuroscience – July 2011

8 02 2011

The Center for Culture, Mind and the Brain, CCMB at the University of Michigan, will be hosting its second Summer Institute for Cultural Neuroscience (SICN) from July 18-20, 2011. The event is organized by Shinobu Kitayama, Director of the CCMB and Carolyn Yoon, Associate Professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The SICN has a great line up of leading researchers on this field such as Shinobu Kitayama, Joan Chiao, Daphna Oyserman, Denise Park and Adreas Roepstorff. Read the rest of this entry »

CCMB Annual Conference – April 16, 2011

29 01 2011

The Center for Culture, Mind, and the Brain (CCMB) at the University of Michigan has recently announced the second annual one-day conference on “Culture, Mind, and the Brain”.


The conference is scheduled for April 16th at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Submissions for oral presentations are due on February 11, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »