April 13, 2011

Culture Affects the Brain

In the Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Chinese researchers point out a neurological difference between East Asians and Westerners regarding the representation of significant others (e.g. mother). Whereas self-representation can be traced to the ventral medial prefrontal cortex for both, representation of significant others is influenced by culture. It occupies the same location as the self in only East Asians, whereas it is seperate in Westerners. Click here to read the full article.