Cross-cultural Psychology

Cross-cultural psychology is the study of the impact of culture on individual- and group-level psychological functioning.

Cross-cultural psychology is the study of the impact of culture on individual- and group-level psychological functioning.

Research can be grouped into these major themes:

  • cross-cultural comparison - comparing the psychological functioning of peoples from different nations or ethnic groups
  • acculturation - studying the changes in culture and individual functioning as a consequence of contact between cultural groups
  • the impact of cultural diversity on issues such as national identity and inclusiveness
  • indigenous systems of knowledge.

Current research includes:

  • effects of culture on human behaviour and experience
  • acculturation processes
  • cultural identity and intergroup processes
  • perceptions of immigrants
  • how social systems evolve over time
  • multicultural work groups
  • cross-cultural studies of trust and social exchange
  • cross-cultural and cross-national investigations of adolescents coping with organisational climate/culture
  • innovation and creativity
  • understanding and help to solve environmental issues across cultural groups
  • team processes
  • organisational practices in different cultures
  • cultural diversity in the workplace
  • studying effects of local context on basic cognitive processing
  • cultural influences on social decision-making
  • the effect of religion and ritual on psychological well-being, social bonding and cognition
  • behavioural synchronicity and social cognition
  • pain perception and processing
  • autobiographical memory within contemporary whānau
  • learning systems in indigenous cultures
  • tikanga systems in contemporary whānau
  • orthographical features and applications of Te Reo Māori

Cross-cultural psychology research at Victoria University is associated with the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research (CACR), which links cross-cultural psychologists to other social scientists interested in culture from disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, linguistics, international business, ethnic and developmental studies.

The School offers a specialised postgraduate Masters degree in Cross-cultural Psychology.

Staff

The following staff work in this research area: