Cross-Cultural Psychology : Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-03
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Shiraev and Levy provide a comprehensive review of theories and research in cross-cultural psychology within a critical thinking framework for examining, analyzing, and evaluating psychological data.   This book introduces the field of cross-cultural psychology, discusses basic methodology for cross-cultural research, and explores the fields of sensation and perception, consciousness, intelligence, human development, emotion, motivation, social perception and interaction, psychological disorders from a cross-cultural perspective.

Author Biography

David A. Levy has extensive experience as a teacher, therapist, writer, and researcher.  He is Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and he served as Visiting Professor of Psychology in the Soviet Union.  He was honored as a Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Pepperdine, and was a recipient of the Shepard Ivory Franz Distinguished Teaching Award and Charles F. Scott Fellowship at UCLA.  His numerous theoretical and empirical research studies have been published in scientific journals and presented at professional conferences. His textbook Tools of Critical Thinking garnered widespread acclaim in both academic and clinical settings for its innovative approaches to improving thinking skills.  Dr. Levy holds professional licenses both in psychology and in marriage and family therapy.  As a media consultant, Levy has appeared on dozens television and radio broadcasts (including CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, A&E, and E!), providing psychological perspectives on current events, and examining issues and trends in the mental health fields.  


Eric B. Shiraev is a Russian-born American professor and author. He took his academic degrees at St.Petersburg University in Russia and completed post-doctoral program in the United States at UCLA. He served at various positions at Oregon State University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. He is an author, co-author, and co-editor of eleven books and numerous publications in the fields of cross-cultural psychology, political psychology, and comparative studies. His books are published by Allyn and Bacon, Longman, Palgrave, University of Michigan Press, and many others. In his publications, he attempts to overcome an ethnocentric bias of traditional and contemporary psychological studies and develop a new, increasingly cross-cultural and global view of human behavior and experience.

Table of Contents

Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology
What Is Cross-Cultural Psychology?
Basic Definitions
Cultural Traditionalism
Empirical Examination of Culture
Collectivism and Individualism: Further Research
Cultural Syndromes
Evolutionary Approach
Sociological Approach
Ecocultural Approach
The Cultural Mixtures Approach: A New Cross-Cultural Psychology in the
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