Cited by Lee Sonogan
Abstract by Qi Wang
I call the attention of psychologists to the pivotal role of cultural psychology in extending and enriching research programs. I argue that it is not enough to simply acknowledge the importance of culture and urge psychologists to practice cultural psychology in their research. I deconstruct five assumptions about cultural psychology that seriously undermine its contribution to the building of a true psychological science, including that cultural psychology (a) is only about finding group differences, (b) does not appertain to group similarities, (c) concerns only group-level analysis, (d) is irrelevant to basic psychological processes, and (e) is used only to confirm the generalizability of theories. I discuss how cultural psychology can provide unique insights into psychological processes and further equip researchers with additional tools to understand human behavior. Drawing lessons from the 20 years of cultural research that my colleagues and I have done on the development of social cognition, including autobiographical memory, future thinking, self, and emotion knowledge, I demonstrate that incorporating cultural psychology into research programs is not only necessary but also feasible.
Publication: aps ASSICATION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE – SAGE JOURNALS (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Pub Date: September 29, 2016 Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691616645552
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1745691616645552 – (Research Article)