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Constance A. Cummings, PhD, Project Director

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CMB_Book2_MWConstance A. Cummings is project director of the FPR and the website’s managing editor. In addition to co-organizing FPR workshops and conferences, she is a co-editor of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). She received her AB in Greek and Latin from Brown University and her PhD in theoretical linguistics (syntax) from New York University. She also completed the editing certificate program at the University of Chicago and is currently enrolled in UCLA’s Design Communication Arts (DCS) certificate program.

She is working on a new edited volume with biocultural anthropologist Carol Worthman, cultural psychologist Shinobu Kitayama, cultural psychiatrist Laurence Kirmayer, and psychological anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Robert Lemelson that focuses on culture, mind, and brain. The idea for this volume emerged from the current view of the brain as networked, dynamic, plastic, and adaptable, which has provided new opportunities for rethinking the role of culture in understanding behavior, addressing variation and conflict, improving education, and ameliorating global health and social challenges. With a firm grounding in anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, these essays aim to advance understanding of the relationships between culture, mind, and brain by focusing on the best examples of innovative transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary work – ideally testing, illustrating, or challenging existing views or evidence.

Recent Blog Posts

Announcing FPR-McGill 2018 Summer Workshop in Social and Cultural Neuroscience

McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Initiative: Integrating Social Context into Neuroscience Research

By Constance A. Cummings, FPR Project Director In a recent collection of essays, anthropologist Gisli Palsson suggested we’re on the verge of a “post-disciplinary” era of academic collaboration (Palsson, 2015). Signs were very much in evidence at an inaugural workshop exploring ways to integrate social context in neuroscience research at McGill University on June 6–7, […]

FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part 3 – What Counts as Adequate Function?

The sex/gender conference succeeded in bringing together people “with different ideas and skills, different ways of thinking, that are actually transforming the field,” observed Carol Worthman, chair of Part 3 (“What’s at Stake?”). The earlier sessions (see Parts 1 and 2) provided us with a better sense of the complexities of sex/gender; we also learned […]