The Culture and Biology Initiative 

 

The Culture and Biology Initiative is a collective effort to advance the field of culture and biology interplay, centered on how these two processes have evolved together; how culture, biology, and environments influence each other; and how they shape behavior, cognition, health, and development among humans and animals across multiple levels, types, timeframes, and domains of analysis (Causadias, Telzer, & Gonzales, 2018).

 
 

What are its goals?

1.  To bridge culture and biology, two domains that are often studied in isolation.

2.  To improve our understanding of the joint role of cultural, biological, and ecological processes on behavior, cognition, health, and development.

3.  To foster new questions, methods, and solutions to social problems.

4.  To encourage cross-pollination among scientific fields, transforming a multidisciplinary endeavor into an interdisciplinary science.

What are its themes?

ANIMAL CULTURE
Focuses on how animals learn and transmit knowledge from one generation to the next, build niches, and change their environments (Snowdon, 2017).

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT & TRANSMISSION
The study of the mechanisms by which behavior and information shared by community members is acquired and transferred from one generation to the next.

CULTURAL GENOMICS
Centers on the examination of the multiple ways in which cultural experiences affect, are influenced, and work together with genes and environments to shape development and well-being (Causadias & Korous, 2017).

CULTURAL NEUROSCIENCE
The inquiry of cultural variation at the psychological and neural levels aimed to articulate their mutual relationships and emergent properties (Lin & Telzer, 2017).

CULTURAL NEUROBIOLOGY
The exploration of how cultural, ethnic, and racial experiences have repercussions in limbic systems, neuroendocrine functioning, and epigenesis (Doane et al., 2017).

What are its projects?

1.  The Handbook of Culture and Biology (Causadias, Telzer, & Gonzales, 2018)

2.  The special section on Culture and Biology Interplay on Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (Causadias, Telzer, & Lee, 2017)

3.  Research on the association between ethnic-racial identity and diurnal cortisol slopes (Zeiders, Causadias, & White, 2018).