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Shinobu Kitayama

Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Kitayama will draw on three decades of empirical research in cultural psychology and neuroscience to write a book that argues that the human mind is shaped and transformed by social and cultural contexts, rather than biology. He will explore how different socio-cultural environments influence the relationship between peoples’ subjective, psychological health and their objective, biological health. He will also study how culture, social class, and other factors affect individuals’ cognition, motivation, emotions, and perceptions of the self.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


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