Summer 2018

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Human Cognitive Development across Cultures

Friday, May 11th, 2018


Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences (PAIS) Building

Rooms 230, Room 290, and Lobby


Registration required.

Limited opportunities remaining— Register HERE.


A collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Emory University's Center for Mind Brain and Culture (CMBC).  Workshop organizers: Lynne Nygaard (Emory) & Tanya Broesch (SFU).

Research examining human cognitive development, particularly in psychology, has been almost exclusively based on studying what Henrich and colleagues refer to as "Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic" (WEIRD) populations. Although this is a narrow and unrepresentative slice of humanity, it continues to dominate research published in top developmental psychology journals. This workshop will provide an interdisciplinary forum to present and discuss current issues in understanding human development from a more global perspective. Together, we will address the key question: What have we learned about development across diverse societies that will help us better understand and explain variation in developmental pathways?

Discussion and presentations will include an exploration of 1) what the current state of our knowledge is with respect to cognitive development, 2) how investigations of human development can expand to non-WEIRD samples, particularly small-scale societies, 3) what methodologies have been or should be developed to promote effective cross-cultural research, and 4) what are the primary theoretical and empirical obstacles to the study of cognitive development in diverse populations. 

Tanya Broesch Simon Fraser University  Why and how to incorporate culture into developmental science.

Adam Boyette Duke University  Co-evolution of learning and caring in humans: The case of men's teaching.

Philippe Rochat Emory University  Distinct collective temperaments in children across cultures

Laura Schenidam Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico Culture and social learning in infancy

Lana Karasik College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, CUNY  Motor development across cultures

Robyn Fivush Emory University  The cultural ecology of family narratives

Michelle Kline Simon Fraser University Variation is the universal: Making culture work in developmental psychology

Kelly Martin Manhattan College Wrap up session


For further information, please refer to our website HERE.