A comprehensive guide to empirical and theoretical research advances in culture and biology interplay
Culture and biology are considered as two domains of equal importance and constant coevolution, although they have traditionally been studied in isolation. The Handbook of Culture and Biology is a comprehensive resource that focuses on theory and research in culture and biology interplay. This emerging field centers on how these two processes have evolved together, how culture, biology, and environment influence each other, and how they shape behavior, cognition, and development among humans and animals across multiple levels, types, timeframes, and domains of analysis.
The text provides an overview of current empirical and theoretical advances in culture and biology interplay research through the work of some of the most influential scholars in the field. Harnessing insights from a range of disciplines (e.g., biology, neuroscience, primatology, psychology) and research methods (experiments, genetic epidemiology, naturalistic observations, neuroimaging), it explores diverse topics including animal culture, cultural genomics, and neurobiology of cultural experiences. The authors also advance the field by discussing key challenges and limitations in current research.
Written for scholars in the field, this handbook brings together related areas of research and theory that have traditionally been disjointed into the single, cohesive field of culture and biology interplay.
Biographical Notes ix
Foreword: On Culture and Biology xvii
Preface: Why Culture and Biology? xxiii
Part I General Issues in Culture and Biology Interplay
1 Introduction to Culture and Biology Interplay 3Jose M. Causadias, Eva H. Telzer, and Nancy A. Gonzales
2 Integrating Culture and Biology in Psychological Research: Conceptual Clarifications and Recommendations 31Moin Syed and Ummul–Kiram Kathawalla
3 Understanding Religion from Cultural and Biological Perspectives 55Stefanie B. Northover and Adam B. Cohen
Part II Animal Culture
4 Introduction to Animal Culture: Is Culture Uniquely Human? 81Charles T. Snowdon
5 Comparing and Contrasting Primate and Cetacean Culture 105Jennifer Botting, Erica van deWaal, and Luke Rendell
6 Cultural Phenomena in Cooperatively Breeding Primates 129Charles T. Snowdon
Part III Cultural Genomics
7 How Are Genes Related to Culture? An Introduction to the Field of Cultural Genomics 153Jose M. Causadias and Kevin M. Korous
8 Dual Inheritance, Cultural Transmission, and Niche Construction 179Michael J. O’Brien and R. Alexander Bentley
9 How the Study of Religion and Culture Informs Genetics and Vice Versa 203Ronda F. Lo and Joni Y. Sasaki
Part IV Cultural Neurobiology
10 An Introduction to Cultural Neurobiology: Evidence from Physiological Stress Systems 227Leah D. Doane, Michael R. Sladek, and Emma K. Adam
11 Relations among Culture, Poverty, Stress, and Allostatic Load 255Stacey N. Doan and Gary W. Evans
12 Biological Consequences of Unfair Treatment: A Theoretical and Empirical Review 279Anthony D. Ong, Saarang Deshpande, and David R.Williams
13 Cultural Experiences, Social Ties, and Stress: Focusing on the HPA Axis 317Shu–wenWang and Belinda Campos
14 Cultural Influences on Parasympathetic Activity 345LaBarron K. Hill and Lori S. Hoggard
15 Neurobiology of Stress and Drug Use Vulnerability in Culturally Diverse Communities 369EzemenariM. Obasi, Kristin A.Wilborn, Lucia Cavanagh, Sandra Yan, and Ewune Ewane
Part V Cultural Neuroscience
16 An Introduction to Cultural Neuroscience 399Lynda C. Lin and Eva H. Telzer
17 Neurobiological Causes and Consequences of Cultural Differences in Social Cognition 421Meghan L. Meyer
18 Culture and Self–Other Overlap in Neural Circuits 443Michael E.W. Varnum and Ryan S. Hampton
19 Developmental Cultural Neuroscience: Progress and Prospect 465Yang Qu and Eva H. Telzer
José M. Causadias is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. He researches how the interplay of cultural and biological processes shapes the development of psychopathology and health and well–being.
Eva H. Telzer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She researches how cultural processes shape brain development, with a focus on family and peer relationships and long–term psychological well–being.
Nancy A. Gonzales is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. She studies the role of culture in children′s development, psychopathology and resilience.