Culture and Personality from the Perspective of Psychological Anthropology

Makalah Koeberlein Eastern Illinois University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Angela Glaros Eastern Illinois University
This paper examines several of the central premises of contemporary psychology from the perspective of psychological anthropology, a subfield of anthropology that studies the interrelationship between culture and mental processes. While many psychologists have also long been interested in such interrelationships, I argue that psychological anthropology offers more robust methods for doing so, since it examines radically diverse cultural models of the human person. For example, psychological anthropologists have productively contributed to our understanding of the impact of culture on personality, and both the conception and lived experience of the body. I will discuss several of these impactful studies, showing what they contribute to our understanding of psychology. Considering such research, I argue, allows psychologists to conduct better research and potentially to develop better therapeutic models.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Jordan Hall 238