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Transmission of Cultural Values and Cognitive Styles through Narratives

Date:
Wednesday 6th April 2016

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Location: G1 School of Management and Social Sciences Research Seminar Abstract: Past cross-cultural research has well-documented East-West cultural differences in psychological tendencies, such as cultural values (individualism, collectivism), self-construal (independent, interdependent), and cognitive styles (analytic, holistic). It is often assumed that people acquire such cultural specific psychological tendencies in their cultural environment. However, little research has investigated the cultural environment and the cultural reproduction mechanism (i.e. how cultural meanings can be reproduced and maintained). Focusing on narratives, three cross-cultural studies aimed to fill these research gaps. Study 1 examined values and characteristics of children’s stories in the US and Japan. Study 2 examined stories people spontaneously created. Study 3 tested what types of narrative information people transmitted to others. Together, the findings imply that narratives play an important role in transmitting and maintaining cultural environment that reflects, fosters, and reinforces individuals’ culturally attuned psychological tendencies. All Welcome
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Date:
Wednesday 6th April 2016

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For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

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