The Psychology of Cultural Dynamics: What is it, What Do We Know, and What is Yet to Be Known?

Posted: 18 Jan 2019

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Yoshihisa Kashima

University of Melbourne - School of Psychological Sciences

Paul G. Bain

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Amy Perfors

University of Melbourne - School of Psychological Sciences

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

The psychology of cultural dynamics is the psychological investigation of the formation, maintenance, and transformation of culture over time. This article maps out the terrain, reviews the existing literature, and points out potential future directions of this research. It is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on micro-cultural dynamics, which refers to the social and psychological processes that contribute to the dissemination and retention of cultural information. The second part, on micro–macro dynamics, investigates how micro-level processes give rise to macro-cultural dynamics. The third part focuses on macro-cultural dynamics, referring to the distribution and long-term trends involving cultural information in a population, which in turn enable and constrain the micro-level processes. We conclude the review with a consideration of future directions, suggesting behavior change research as translational research on cultural dynamics.

Suggested Citation

Kashima, Yoshihisa and Bain, Paul G. and Perfors, Amy, The Psychology of Cultural Dynamics: What is it, What Do We Know, and What is Yet to Be Known? (January 2019). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 70, pp. 499-529, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3318206 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-010418-103112

Yoshihisa Kashima (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - School of Psychological Sciences ( email )

Parkville, Victoria
Australia

Paul G. Bain

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

United Kingdom

Amy Perfors

University of Melbourne - School of Psychological Sciences

Parkville, Victoria
Australia

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