Big “Culture, Mind and Brain” Conference This October!

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The Foundation for Psychocultural Research is hosting a great conference “Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications” on October 19th and 20th, 2012 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

Many lines of research on culture, mind, and brain can no longer be neatly separated. Some questions run together, thanks to our growing understanding of the genome and its epigenetic states, the biological roots of human sociality, and the mutual constitution of cultures and selves, as well as the complex interactions between the physical, cultural, and social environments underlying health and illness.

The aim of this 2-day conference is to highlight emerging concepts, methodologies and applications in the study of culture, mind, and brain, with particular attention to: (1) cutting-edge neuroscience research that is successfully incorporating culture and the social world; (2) the context in which methods are used as well as the tacit assumptions that shape research questions; and (3) the kinds and quality of collaborations that can advance interdisciplinary research training.

Here is the schedule of sessions:

Oct 19 – Day One
• Why culture, mind and brain?
• Sociocultural influences on gene expression
• Linking cultural and genetic diversity in mind, brain and body

Oct 20 – Day Two
• Stress and resilience
• Culture, cognition and self
• Multiple paths to interdisciplinarity
• Culture and emotion regulation/practices

You can already register for the conference. The last FPR conference sold out two months before its opening date, so no time like the present!

There is early registration before August 20th, for a reduced price. For students (including post-docs), the $125 early registration fee is great! Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.

The opening session, on “Why culture, mind and brain?” is being chaired by my colleague Greg Downey, and will feature Marco Iacoboni and Steven Heine. Greg will also speak on human variation, weird populations, and neuroanthropology.

I chair the “Stress and resilience” session, which features Paul Plotsky, Clarence Gravlee, Brandon Kohrt, and Carol Ryff, with discussion by Edith Chen and myself.

The overall line-up of speakers is really spectacular. A few of my favorites include Denise Park, Tanya Luhrmann, Shinobu Kitayama, Joan Chiao, John Cacioppo, Stephen Suomi, and I could go on…

So I hope to see as many of you as possible there in LA this October!

Link to Culture, Mind and Brain announcement

Link to the two-day schedule

Link to the Culture, Mind and Brain conference blog & website

Link to conference registration

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