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.

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Trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, I have gone on to do fieldwork in Brazil and the United States. I have written one book, Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005). I have also co-authored and co-edited several, including, with Dr. Daniel Lende, The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012), and with Dr. Melissa Fisher, Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006). My research interests include neuroanthropology, psychological anthropology, sport, dance, human rights, neuroscience, phenomenology, economic anthropology, and just about anything else that catches my attention.

2 thoughts on “Call for cultural neuroscience papers for SCAN

  1. A paper you recommended recently (Chiao, Li, & Harada 2008: Cultural Neuroscience of Consciousness)* appeared in a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies on “Social Approaches to Consciousness”. Several papers in this issue deal with culture and the brain or other relevant issues of interdisciplinary collaboration. The following can be downloaded free at

    Whitehead, Charles. 2008. ‘You Do an Empirical Experiment and You Get an Empirical Result. What Can Any Anthropologist Tell Me That Could Change That?’: Editor’s Introduction. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15(10-11) pp. 7-41.

    Turner, Robert and Charles Whitehead. 2008. How Collective Representations Can Change
    the Structure of the Brain. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15(10-11) pp. 43-57.

    Whitehead, Charles. 2008. The Neural Correlates of Work and Play: What Brain Imaging and Animal Cartoons can tell us about Social Displays, Self-Consciousness, and the Evolution of the Human Brain. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15(10-11) pp. 93-121.

    Whitehead, Charles. 2008. The Human Revolution: Editorial Introduction to Honest Fakes and Language Origins by Chris Knight. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15(10-11) pp.226-35.

    This website is dedicated to integration of social anthropology with other disciplnes. I would like to cross-link it with yours. Maybe you could check it out and let me know what you think.

    Charles Whitehead

    *Wednesday Roundup 37, Nov 12, 2008

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