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Cross-Cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications. Authors: Eric Shiraev and David Levy. 5th Edition. Boston: Pearson.

Used in more than 200 universities and colleges in the United States, Canada, China, The Netherlands, Indonesia, India, and twelve other countries.

What is cross-cultural psychology?     Before reaching adulthood, most of us do not choose a place to live or a language to speak. Growing up in cities, towns, and villages, no matter where—near a snowy Boston or in a humid Kinshasa—people learn how to take action, feel, and understand events around them according to the wishes of their parents, societal requirements, and traditions of their ancestors. The way people learn to relate to the world through feelings and ideas affects what these individuals do. Their actions, in turn, have a bearing on their thoughts, needs, and emotions. Conditions in which people live vary from place to place. Human actions and mental sets—formed and developed in various environments—may also fluctuate from group to group. These kinds of differences—and of course, similarities—are studied by cross-cultural psychology.     
     Cross-cultural psychology is the critical and comparative study of cultural effects on human psychology. Please notice two important elements of the definition. This is a comparative field. Any study in cross-cultural psychology draws its conclusions from at least two samples that represent at least two cultural groups. Because cross-cultural psychology is all about comparisons, and the act of comparison requires a particular set of critical skills, this study is inseparable from critical thinking.

     Cross-cultural psychology examines psychological diversity and the underlying reasons for such diversity. In particular, cross-cultural psychology studies—again, from a comparative perspective—the links between cultural norms and behavior and the ways in which particular human activities are influenced by different, sometimes dissimilar social and cultural forces. For example, do disaster survivors experience similar painful symptoms across cultures? If they do, can a psychologist select a therapy aimed to treat posttraumatic symptoms in the United States and use it in other cultural environments, as in Sudan or Iran?

       The fifth edition of the book, which has become a global market leader, continues a heavy focus on applying critical thinking framework in examining, analyzing, and evaluating psychological data. With significant rewriting and additional new topics, updated references on new research, and MySearchLab with an interactive eText, Cross-Cultural Psychology keeps pace with the rapidly changing conditions of modern times.
       The authors bring a unique set of experiences and perceptions in writing this book. Eric Shiraev was raised in the city of Leningrad in the former Soviet Union and David Levy is from Southern California. Between the diverse backgrounds and having each author spent an extended period teaching in the other’s home country, the authors provide a comprehensive review of theories, research, and applications in cross-cultural psychology.

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