PKU3 - Culture, Behavior and Brain
2 July 2018 – 27 July 2018
Hosted by Peking University
Human beings have created the most colourful cultures in the world that not only contextualize our behaviour but shape our mind and brain as well. Do people's behaviour vary across cultures? Whether and how cultures influence human cognitive processes and underlying brain activity? Do individuals engaged in Western and East Asian cultures have distinct cognitive styles during perception and attention? Can we understand cultural differences in social behaviour by examining cultural effects on brain functional organization? Can we modify individuals' brain activity in laboratory by short-term exposure of new cultural values? How does culture interact with genes to modulate brain functions and behaviour? Can we predict future changes of human behaviour by examining current cultural differences in multiple neurocognitive processes? There has been a long history of human thoughts of these interesting issues. However, only recently have these questions been examined by empirical studies that combine psychology, neuroscience, brain imaging, genetics, etc. This 4-weeks course aims to illustrate the important issues regarding the interactive relationships between culture, behaviour and brain, to explain psychological paradigms and brain imaging methods that have been integrated to study cultural influences on cognitive and neural processes, to introduce our current knowledge/theory about the sociocultural brain, and to discuss future questions regarding the interactive relationships between culture, behaviour, and brain. The course will consist of class teaching and discussion and, in the last class, students in small groups will have chance to present their research proposals related to cultural effects on behaviour, mind, and brain.
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AccommodationRMB 140 yuan per day, plus RMB 500 yuan as deposit.
All accommodation fee need to be paid when check in.
Field TripDepending on specific courses (refer to course syllabus)
Living ExpensesRMB 50-100 per day
Visa FeePlease refer to local Chinese Consulate website.
- Bachelor students
- Master students
- PhD students
Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in culture and human behavior. Psychology and brain imaging are NOT pre-requisites for this course.
Week 1-3: teaching and discussion
Week 4: visit brain imaging facilities at Peking University, prepare and present project proposals.
Students will be given review and empirical articles for reading and discussion and for preparing their project proposals.
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
Credits at host university: 2 credits
32 total contact hours (classroom) + 2 field trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Prof. HAN Shihui, Peking University
Students must arrive by 1 July 2018
Students will be able to check in from 30 June 2018
Check-out date 28 July 2018
Students must check out no later than July 29.
All international students are required to purchase insurance in China after your arrival. Failure to purchase insurance will result in the cancellation of your registration.
Further Required Application Material
Online application on PKUSSI website: www.oir.pku.edu.cn/summerschool/