2013 International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium Conference Program (May 10–12, 2013)

We’re looking forward to the first meeting of ICNC (May 10–12, 2013) at Northwestern. Speakers include two CBDMH affiliated faculty – Xavier Cagigas and Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang of the Culture, Neuroscience and Psychosis) research group. For more information about the conference visit culturalneuroscience.org

Tentative Program

May 10-12, 2013

Day 1 – May 10, 2013

Population health disparities and global mental health

    • Dr. Pamela Collins, NIMH Office on Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health
    • Prof. Joanna Asia Maselko, Duke University
    • Prof. Lawrence Yang, Columbia University
    • Prof. Kevin Wu, National Taiwan University

Welcome Reception and Poster Session

Day 2 – May 11, 2013

Methodological issues in cultural neuroscience

    • Prof. Malcolm Dow, Northwestern University
    • Prof. Todd Parrish, Northwestern University
    • Prof. Xavier Cagigas, UCLA
    • Prof. George Northoff, University of Ottowa
    • Prof. Jack van Honk and Dan Stein, University of Cape Town

Coffee Break

Cultural neuroscience of emotion

    • Prof. Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan
    • Prof. Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang, University of Southern California
    • Prof. Michio Nomura, Kyoto University
    • Prof. Tetsuya Iidaka, Nagoya University


Cultural neuroscience of cognition

    • Prof. Chuansheng Chen, University of California, Irvine
    • Prof. Angela Gutchess, Brandeis University
    • Prof. Steven Demorest, University of Washington
    • Prof. Judy Illes, University of British Columbia

Coffee Break

Cultural neuroscience of social cognition

    • Prof. Shihui Han, Peking University
    • Prof. Ying-yi Hong, Nanyang Technological University
    • Prof. Eva Telzer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • Prof. Beatrice de Gelder, Tilburg University



Day 3 – May 12, 2013

Cultural neuroscience of intergroup processes

    • Prof. Lasana Harris, Duke University
    • Dr. Bobby Cheon, Nanyang Technological University
    • Dr. Elizabeth Losin, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Prof. George Christopoulos, Nanyang Technological University

Coffee Break

Culture and genetics

    • Prof. Heejung Kim, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Prof. Joni Sasaki, York University
    • Prof. Jamie Morris, University of Virginia
    • Prof. Turhan Canli, SUNY Stony Brook


NIH Funding Opportunities in Culture and Health

    • Dr. Bill Elwood (NIH Oppnet) and Dr. Pamela Collins (NIH Office of Disparities and Global Mental Health)

Coffee Break

Workshop Groups and Closing Remarks

Announcement: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference @UCLA

The next regional conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology will take place at UCLA on June 20–22, 2013 (the scientific organizing committee is co-chaired by Patricia Greenfield of UCLA and Steven Heine of UBC). The theme of the conference is “Culture in Psychology: Variation Within and Across National Borders.” For more information about the conference, please visit http://iaccpla2013.org.


Cultural Neuroscience
Jonathan Freeman, Dartmouth College
Shihui Han, Peking University
Eva Telzer, University of Illinois

Cultural Evolution
Patricia Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles
Alex Masoudi, Durham University
Peter Richerson, University of California, Davis

Strange or Just Plain Weird? Cultural Variation in Mental Illness

There’s an old saying that psychology has two model organisms: the rat and the American college student. As research subjects rats are fine, the problem is that that Americans are, as evolutionary psychologist Joe Henrich and his colleagues recently pointed out, WEIRD. That is, they’re Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic. In fact, most westerners are WEIRD, but Americans are the WEIRDest of all. – Dominic Murphy, University of Sydney.
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