The next regional conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology will take place at UCLA on June 20–22, 2013 (the scientific organizing committee is co-chaired by Patricia Greenfield of UCLA and Steven Heine of UBC). The theme of the conference is “Culture in Psychology: Variation Within and Across National Borders.” For more information about the conference, please visit


Cultural Neuroscience
Jonathan Freeman, Dartmouth College
Shihui Han, Peking University
Eva Telzer, University of Illinois

Cultural Evolution
Patricia Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles
Alex Masoudi, Durham University
Peter Richerson, University of California, Davis

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There’s an old saying that psychology has two model organisms: the rat and the American college student. As research subjects rats are fine, the problem is that that Americans are, as evolutionary psychologist Joe Henrich and his colleagues recently pointed out, WEIRD. That is, they’re Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic. In fact, most westerners are WEIRD, but Americans are the WEIRDest of all. – Dominic Murphy, University of Sydney.
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Read the original article, the third in a series (“Matters of Mind”) examining the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition.

Part one: Explainer – What is the DSM and how are mental disorders diagnosed?

Part two: Forget talking, just fill a script: How modern psychiatry lost its mind.

The Conversation

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