Cross-cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications

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Allyn & Bacon, 2010 - Psychology - 369 pages
The dynamic author team of 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 text 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, and psychological disorders from a cross-cultural perspective. Features:
  • A critical thinking framework, including "Critical Thinking" boxes and tables, provide practice in developing learning skills.
  • More than thirty high-interest activities and exercises provide students ample opportunity for active learning and enhanced comprehension. These activities and exercises are designed to serve as class discussion starters, demonstrations, points for debate, individual or group assignments, term papers, or oral assignments.
  • "A Case in Point" sections review and illustrate controversial issues, display cases and research findings, and introduce various opinions about human behavior in different cultural contexts.
  • "Cross-Cultural Sensitivity" boxes in every chapter underscore the importance of empathy in interpersonal communication.
  • Relevant quotations from a wide range of sources provide divergent points of view, pique readers' interest, and inspire critical thinking.
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Understanding CrossCultural Psychology
Methodology of CrossCultural Research
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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.

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