Culture-sensitive neural substrates of human cognition: A transcultural neuroimaging approach

Shihui Han, Georg Northoff

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Abstract

Our brains and minds are shaped by our experiences, which mainly occur in the context of the culture in which we develop and live. Although psychologists have provided abundant evidence 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. However, 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 findings provide a novel approach by which to distinguish culture-sensitive from culture-invariant neural mechanisms of human cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-654
Number of pages9
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Cell Biology

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