2015: Culture and the Mind: Understanding Cultural Variations in Mentalities
Instructor: Dr. Takahiko Masuda (Psychology)
Description: Focusing on Japanese culture and North American culture, this course will introduce systematic cultural variations in the human mind. Throughout the course, students will learn recent empirical findings in this field, including (1) culture and self-concepts, (2) culture and emotional experiences, (3) culture and motivation, (4) culture and aesthetic expressions such as advertisement, artworks, cartoons (manga) and design of video games, (5) cultural variations in attention and perception, (6) cultural variation in child-rearing styles, (8) historical backgrounds of cultural variation in the human mind, and (9) benefits and difficulties of multicultural experiences. In addition, through field trips in Japan, students will be encouraged to introduce and share their cultural experiences with classmates.