A Socioecological-Genetic Framework of Culture and Personality: Their Roots, Trends, and Interplay

Annual Review of Psychology, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2022

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Jackson G. Lu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Veronica Benet-Martinez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Laura Changlan Wang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Date Written: June 25, 2022

Abstract

Culture and personality are two central topics in psychology. Individuals are culturally influenced influencers of culture, yet the research linking culture and personality has been limited and fragmentary. We integrate the literatures on culture and personality with recent advances in socioecology and genetics to formulate the Socioecological-Genetic Framework of Culture and Personality. Our framework not only delineates the mutual constitution of culture and personality, but also sheds light on (a) the roots of culture and personality, (b) how socioecological changes partly explain temporal trends in culture and personality, and (c) how genes and culture/socioecology interact to influence personality (i.e., nature × nurture interactions). By spotlighting the roles of socioecology and genetics, our integrative framework advances the understanding of culture and personality.

Keywords: Culture, personality, socioecology, genetics, cultural change, personality change, nature–nurture, gene × environment interaction

Suggested Citation

Lu, Jackson G. and Benet-Martinez, Veronica and Wang, Laura Changlan, A Socioecological-Genetic Framework of Culture and Personality: Their Roots, Trends, and Interplay (June 25, 2022). Annual Review of Psychology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4146439

Jackson G. Lu (Contact Author)

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Veronica Benet-Martinez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Laura Changlan Wang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

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