Call for cultural neuroscience papers for SCAN

Daniel already posted a link to this announcement in his recent biography of Rebecca Seligman, but Prof. Joan Chiao of Northwestern University has asked if I could make sure that the announcement gets out. Prof. Chiao is editing a special edition of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) on cultural neuroscience, and the call for papers can be found here. The announcement describes:

The aims of the Special Issue on Cultural Neuroscience are two-fold. The first aim is to highlight recent empirical advances using human neuroscience and population genotyping techniques to investigate how culture influences neurobiological processes underlying a wide range of human abilities, from perception and scene processing to memory, emotion and social cognition, as well as how genetic and neural processes give rise to culture. The second aim is to review the theoretical and methodological issues with integrating anthropology, cultural psychology, human neuroscience and population genotyping approaches to the study of cultural neuroscience. By providing examples of the different kinds of bidirectional interactions between cultural, neural and genetic processes across multiple time scales (e.g., phylogeny, ontogeny, situation), the collection of articles in this special issue will serve to highlight the promise and progress of cultural neuroscience research.

We’ll be watching for the special edition, but in the meantime, if you’re interested, Dr. Chiao’s work can be found in a number of places (her website at Northwestern U.) but the easiest way to get it is through the website of the Social and Cultural Neuroscience Lab. The list of papers is extensive, but I particularly liked:

Chiao, Joan Y. and Nalini Ambady. 2007. Cultural Neuroscience: Parsing Universality and Diversity across Levels of Analysis. In Handbook of Cultural Psychology. S. Kitayama and D. Cohen, eds. Pp. 237-254. New York: Guilford Press. (download the pdf here)

Chiao, Joan Y., Zhang Li and Tokiko Harada. 2008 (forthcoming). Cultural Neuroscience of Consciousness: From Visual Perception to Self-Awareness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15(10-11). (download the pdf here)

If you’re out there sitting on the ‘next big thing’ in cultural neuroscience, you should surf over to the SCAN special issue announcement and submit an abstract for review.

Wednesday Round Up #37

This week it’s sex, brains, anthro, and HIV/AIDS…

Top of the List

Jonah Lehrer, Poverty and the Brain
The Frontal Cortex on why inequality is bad for kids’ developing brains. Jonah discusses the new book Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough on the impact of poverty on children and the work of Geoffrey Canada to change things in Harlem. NPR also had a recent radio show on Canada and his Harlem Children’s Zone.
Jonah mentions the work of Martha Farah, and over at The Mouse Trap Sandy G provides a detailed consideration of Farah’s work in Neurological Correlates of Poverty. For even more on this topic, you can see the piece I wrote back in February entitled Poverty Poisons the Brain.

Olivier Morin, Community and Religion: Poor Predictors of the Bliss of Nations
The new Culture and Cognition blog keeps turning out some great stuff, this time on the Sunday fistfight in Jerusalem (complete with YouTube clip) and why latter-day Durkheimians like Jonathan Haidt aren’t all that.

Ty Burr, George Lucas Interview
The creator of Star Wars wants neuroanthropology!

Mohed Costandi, The Power of the Memory Molecule
Mo from Neurophilosophy writes this great piece in Scientific American’s Mind Matters


Nicole Yorio, Dating 101: The Truth About Why Men Cheat
Actual interviews and a compare-and-contrast sample – that gets us well beyond the usual tried-and-trite for this topic, even if ends up as a rather lite book

LL Wynn, What Is a Prostitute?
The anthropologist recounts her work in Egypt and the blurry lines of what counts as prostitution

Mind Hacks, The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Things that go bonk in the night…. A great new book

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