PSY100H1 Lecture : Chapter 16 Notes

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Uncertainty about generalizability of results to other cultures. Muller-lyer illusion doesn"t work for cultures without carpentered corner. Cultural psychology study of how culture shapes psychological processes: culture plays prominent role in mental lives, determine if behaviours/mental processes are same in all cultures. Cultural env"t more inclusive than social env"t: people can enter/leave different social situations; can"t leave cultural situation, people are exposed to single, all-encompassing set of norms. Culture beliefs, values, rules and customs of a group of people who share a language and environment and these beliefs, values, rules, or customs are transmitted through learning across generations; information acquired through imitative or social learning. Humans greatest extent and learn faster: all human behaviour/thoughts someway shaped by cultural learning. Social nature of humans key factor in evolution of brain size. Relation btw average group side and proportion of cerebral cortex. Cognitive capacities highly adaptive for social learning: development of language. Allow individuals in group to coordinate behaviours.

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