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Department
Psychology
Course
SOP 3004
Professor
Kate Zielaskowski
Semester
Fall

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Genes, Culture, and Gender 1. Genes a. 2. Culture a. Evolved cultural animal b. Dunbar study i. Studied brain size in animals compared to their body weight 1. Larger brains corresponded to more social animals 2. Conclusion – larger brains designed to help us relate to each other c. Shared understanding d. Survival – humans relied on other humans for survival e. Progress – culture allows learning to be passed on from one generation to the next f. Peer influence determines about 40-50% of behavior and decisions i. Much more than parenting! g. Cultural psychology i. Branch of social psychology that studies how thoughts, emotions, and behavior differ across cultures ii. Interdependent vs. individualistic cultures iii. Interdependent cultures are less prone to fundamental attribution error 3. Gender differences a. Nature i. Males and females are similar at conception ii. Biological sex determ
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