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How Knowledge About Different Cultures Is Shaking Up Psychology

The academic discipline of psychology was developed largely in North America and Europe. Some would argue it’s been remarkably successful in understanding what drives human behaviour and mental processes, which have long been thought to be universal. But in recent decades some researchers have started questioning this approach, arguing that many psychological phenomena are shaped […]

Different Cultures Value Different Positive Facial Expressions

Different cultures value different positive facial expressions, and these differences arise in deep brain circuits that can predict who people like and dislike, new research finds. Says Jeanne Tsai, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford University: “People respond more favorably to others who express the distinct kinds of positive emotions valued by their culture.” […]