Human Nature

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 83–116

Human neuropsychology and the concept of culture

  • Lee Xenakis Blonder
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02692183

Cite this article as:
Blonder, L.X. Human Nature (1991) 2: 83. doi:10.1007/BF02692183

Abstract

American anthropology is distinguished by a four-fields approach in which biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic dimensions of behavior are examined in evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Nevertheless, assumptions of mind-body dualism pervade scholarly thinking in anthropology and have prevented the development of a truly integrated science of human experience. This dualism is most exemplified by the lack of consideration of the role of the brain in both “physical” and “mental” processes, including phenomena labeled as cultural. In this paper, I review neural mechanisms of learning, communication, and emotion, and discuss the implications of these findings for culture theory.

Key words

CultureNeuropsychologyAnthropologyBrainBehaviorCognitionEvolution

Copyright information

© Walter de Gruyter, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee Xenakis Blonder
    • 1
  1. 1.Center on AgingUniversity of KentuckyLexington