Scientific Program

May 10-12, 2013

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Heritage Ballroom, Hilton Orrington

2:00-5:00pm     Registration

4:00-5:00pm     Poster Session I

5:00-8:30pm     Opening Session and Dinner

Population Mental Health Disparities and Global Mental Health

Crossing borders for mental health: Global cooperation in research

Dr. Pamela Collins, NIMH Office on Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health

Cultural influences on socio-emotional neurodevelopment: Searching for clues to common mental disorders

Prof. Joanna Asia Maselko, Duke University

The role of culture in prevalence of mental disorders among Asian and Asian American populations

Prof. Lawrence Yang, Columbia University

Linking social determinants to health: Can cultural neuroscience do the job?

Prof. Kevin Wu, National Taiwan University

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Harris Hall 107, Northwestern University and Heritage Ballroom, Hilton Orrington

7:30-8:00am       Breakfast in Harris Hall

8:00-10:20am     Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Cultural Neuroscience

Galton’s problem: The network autocorrelation approach to cross-cultural research

Prof. Malcolm Dow, Northwestern University

Cross-cultural neuroimaging: From acquisition to analysis

Prof. Todd Parrish, Northwestern University

Cultural neuropsychology

Prof. Xavier Cagigas, UCLA

Exploring the computational mechanisms of dynamic cultural phenomena

Prof. George Christopoulus, Nanyang Business School

How is cultural context-dependence encoded into the brain’s neural activity?: A fruitful marriage between cultural neuroscience and neurophilosophy

Prof. Georg Northoff, University of Ottowa

10:20-10:30am    Coffee Break

10:30-12:30pm    Cultural Neuroscience of Emotion and Motivation

Cultural effects of the dopamine transporter gene (DRD4): Norm acquisition and emotional match

Prof. Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan

Embodied brains, social minds: Neurobiological correlates of experiencing emotions in Beijing and Los Angeles

Prof. Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang, University of Southern California

Genes, brain and culture through a 5-HTT lens

Prof. Michio Nomura, Kyoto University

Cultural values modulate emotional processing in the amygdala

Prof. Tetsuya Iidaka, Nagoya University

12:30-1:15pm     ICNC Student Travel Award Recognition and Lunch

1:15-3:15pm       Cultural Neuroscience of Cognition

Neural basis of cross-cultural differences in reading and math

Prof. James Booth, Northwestern University

Cross-cultural differences in memory

Prof. Angela Gutchess, Brandeis University

Cross-cultural understanding of dementia: Exploring wellness in an at-risk First Nation community

Lindsey Bruce and Prof. Judy Illes, University of British Columbia

Quantifying culture: The cultural distance hypothesis of melodic


Prof. Steven Demorest and Prof. Steven Morrison, University of Washington

3:15-3:30pm      Coffee Break

3:30-5:30pm      Cultural Neuroscience of Social Cognition

Cultural neuroscience studies of the self

Prof. Shihui Han, Peking University

Identifying a cultural resource: Neural mechanisms of underlying familial influence on risk taking among Mexican-Origin Adolescents

Prof. Eva Telzer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Economic and moral decision-making following damage to the basolateral amygdala: A South African expedition

Prof. Jack van Honk and Dan Stein, University of Cape Town

Cultural differences in body language

Prof. Beatrice de Gelder, Tilburg University

5:30-6:30pm      Transport to Heritage Ballroom, Hilton Orrington and Break

6:30-7:30pm      Poster Session II

7:30-8:30pm      Evening Lecture and Dinner

Brain and Culture - The Mutual Bootstrap

Prof. Robert Turner, Max Planck Institute for Neurophysics

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cohen Commons in Tech Institute, Northwestern University

7:30-8:00am       Breakfast in Cohen Commons

8:00-10:00am     Cultural Neuroscience of Intergroup Processes

How next generation technologies can facilitate comparison across cultural contexts and species: Implications for global health

Prof. Lasana Harris, Duke University

Gene x environment interactions on intergroup bias

Dr. Bobby Cheon, Nanyang Technological University

Elucidating the neural mechanisms of cultural learning biases

Dr. Elizabeth Losin, University of Colorado Boulder

Dynamic cultural neuroscience

Prof. Ying-yi Hong, Nanyang Technological University

10:00-10:15am    Coffee Break

10:15-12:45pm    Culture and Genetics

Gene-culture interaction and psychological well-being

Prof. Heejung Kim, University of California, Santa Barbara

Bringing gene-environment interactions into the lab: Religion priming differentially increases prosocial behavior among variants of dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) gene

Prof. Joni Sasaki, York University

Epigenetic variability in oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) is associated with neural endophenotypes of social perception

Prof. Jamie Morris, University of Virginia

The dynamic regulation of gene expression

Prof. Turhan Canli, SUNY Stony Brook

The enculturated genome: Molecular evidence for recent divergent evolution in human neurotransmitter genes

Prof. Chuansheng Chen, University of California, Irvine

12:45-1:15pm    Workshop Groups and Lunch

1:15-2:45pm      Enhancing the culture in cultural neuroscience: Anthropological perspectives

Locating culture in the brain and in the world: From social categories to the ecology of mind

Prof. Rebecca Seligman, Northwestern University

Human health, development, and the evolution of the culture-ready brain

Dr. Charles Whitehead,

Cultural neuroscience and the social determinants of mental health

Prof. Laurence Kirmayer, McGill University

2:45-3:00pm      Coffee Break

3:00-4:00pm      NIH Funding Opportunities in Culture, Health, and Well-being

Dr. Bill Elwood (NIH Oppnet) and Dr. Pamela Collins (NIH Office of Disparities and Global Mental Health)