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Joan Y. Chiao

Joan Y. Chiao

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How do cultural and biological forces give rise to everyday emotion and social interaction? I use a 'cultural neuroscience' framework to investigate how cultural factors influence basic psychological and neural processes underlying social behavior and emotion processing, using functional neuroimaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERP), genotyping and behavioral paradigms. Research in my lab also examines how high-level factors, such as race, gender and age, affect basic cognitive, perceptual and emotional processes. At a broader level, I'm interested in integrating psychology and neuroscience research with public policy and population health issues.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Health Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Chiao, J. Y. (2011). Cultural neuroscience: Visualizing culture-gene influences on brain function. In J. Decety & J. Cacioppo (Eds.), Handbook of social neuroscience. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Chiao, J. Y., & Ambady, N. (2007). Cultural neuroscience: Parsing universality and diversity across levels of analysis. In S. Kitayama & D. Cohen (Eds.), Handbook of cultural psychology (pp. 237-254). New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Cultural Brain
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Social and Emotional Brain
  • Social, Cultural and Affective Neuroscience

Joan Y. Chiao
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
United States of America

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