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The Sociocultural BrainA Cultural Neuroscience Approach to Human Nature$
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Shihui Han

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743194.001.0001

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Gene-culture interaction on human behavior and the brain

Gene-culture interaction on human behavior and the brain

(p.160) Chapter 7 Gene-culture interaction on human behavior and the brain
The Sociocultural Brain

Shihui Han

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 reviews empirical findings that allow consideration of biological and environmental influences on human behavior from an evolutionary perspective (e.g., gene-culture coevolution) and from a perspective of individual development (e.g., gene-culture interaction). It also reviews imaging genetic studies that link genes with brain functional organization. It introduces a cultural neuroscience paradigm for investigating genetic influences on the coupling of brain activity and culture by presenting two studies that examined how serotonin transporter functional polymorphism and oxytocin receptor gene moderate the association between interdependence and brain activities involved in self-reflection and empathy. These studies illustrate a new approach to understanding the manner with which culture interacts with gene to shape human brain activity.

Keywords:   5-HTTLPR, gene-culture coevolution, gene-culture interaction, oxytocin receptor gene, social brain network

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