Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press

Edited by:

Laurence J. Kirmayer
McGill University, Montréal

Carol M. Worthman
Emory University

Shinobu Kitayama
University of Michigan

Robert Lemelson
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
Foundation for Psychocultural Research

Constance A. Cummings
Foundation for Psychocultural Research

This integrative volume explores culture, mind, and brain interactions from the human, social, and biological science perspectives, and their impact on personal and societal concerns and issues. An innovative exchange among from diverse fields, incorporating cutting edge theory, research, and reflections on contemporary applications, the chapters and essays (1) survey the latest theoretical and methodological insights and challenges of conducting integrative research on culture, mind, and brain; (2) describe how this research is being applied in science, humanities, the arts, mental health clinics, and everyday life, and (3) identify possible ways forward to developing new studies and cross-disciplinary collaborations.


  1. Co-Constructing Culture, Mind, and Brain

Laurence J. Kirmayer, Carol M. Worthman, and Shinobu Kitayama



Section One: The Co-Emergence of Culture, Mind, and Brain

  1. Culture, Mind, and Brain in Human Evolution: An Extended Evolutionary Perspective on Paleolithic Toolmaking as Embodied Practice

Dietrich Stout

  1. Mutual Constitution of Culture and the Mind: Insights from Cultural Neuroscience

Shinobu Kitayama and Qinggang Yu

  1. Being There: Foundations, Theory, Method

Carol M. Worthman

Section Two: The Situated Brain


  1. Culture in Mind—An Enactivist Account: Not Cognitive Penetration But Cultural Permeation

Daniel D. Hutto, Shaun Gallagher, Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, and Inês Hipólito

  1. The Brain as a Cultural Artifact: Concepts, Actions, and Experiences Within the Human Affective Niche

Maria Gendron, Batja Mesquita, and Lisa Feldman Barrett

  1. Cultural Priming Effects on the Human Brain

Shihui Han and Georg Northoff

  1. Culture, Self, and Agency: An Ecosocial View

Laurence J. Kirmayer, Ana Gómez-Carrillo, Timothé Langlois-Thérien, Maxwell J. D. Ramstead, and Ian Gold


Section Three: How Social Coordination is Achieved


  1. Neuroanthropological Perspectives on Culture, Mind, and Brain

Daniel H. Lende and Gregory Downey

  1. The Neural Mechanisms Underlying Social Norms: Norm Detection, Punishment, and Compliance

Yan Mu and Michele J. Gelfand

  1. Ritual and Religion as Social Technologies of Cooperation

Christopher Kavanagh, Jonathan Jong, and Harvey Whitehouse


  1. The Cultural Brain as Historical Artifact

Rob Boddice

  1. Experience-Dependent Plasticity in the Hippocampus

Gregory L. West and Véronique Bohbot

  1. Liminal Brains in Uncertain Futures: Critical Neuroscience and the Cultural Contexts of Neuroeducation

Suparna Choudhury and Joshua Berson

  1. The Reward of Musical Emotions and Expectations

Benjamin P. Gold and Robert J. Zatorre

  1. Literary Analysis and Weak Theories

Omri Moses

  1. Capturing Context is Not Enough: The Embodied Impact of Story and Emotion in Ethnographic Film

Robert Lemelson and Annie Tucker

  1. Social Neuroscience in Global Mental Health: Case Study on Stigma Reduction in Nepal

Brandon Kohrt

  1. Cities, Psychosis, and Social Defeat

Firrhaana Sayanvala, Lisa Bornstein, Suparna Choudhury, Jai Shah, Daniel Weinstock, and Ian Gold

  1. Internet Sociality

Moriah Stendel, Maxwell J. D. Ramstead, and Samuel P. L. Veissière

  1. Neurodiversity as a Conceptual Lens and Topic of Cross-Cultural Study
  2. Ariel Cascio


  1. Interdisciplinarity in the Study of Culture, Mind, and Brain

Laurence J. Kirmayer, Carol M. Worthman, and Shinobu Kitayama,