Summer Institute in Cultural Neuroscience

3rd Summer Institute in Cultural Neuroscience 

 July 9-20, 2012

Center for Culture, Mind, and the Brain
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Shinobu Kitayama (
Carolyn Yoon (

 Application Deadline:  March 15, 2012

We invite you to apply to attend the third annual Summer Institute in Cultural Neuroscience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. SICN is a two-week program that provides graduate students as well as faculty with an overview of core topics and recent research developments related to cultural neuroscience in order to prepare them to start their own empirical investigations. Attendees will have an opportunity to develop their own research ideas in cultural neuroscience through interactions with peers and faculty members.

SICN lectures on culture, brain, or both will be delivered by world-renowned scholars. Each scholar will discuss his or her work and place it in a broader scholarly context. Lectures will be followed by small group discussions.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Cultural psychology
  • Culture, self, and brain
  • Culture, aging, and brain
  • Neuroeconomics and culture
  • Social neuroscience and culture
  • Co-evolution of culture and genes
  • Mental health and culture
  • Evolution and culture


Faculty lecturers include:

Nalini Ambady, Stanford University
Shihui Han, Peking University
William Gehring, University of Michigan
Joseph Kable, University of Pennyslvania
Hazel Markus, Stanford University
Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan
Ethan Kross, University of Michigan
Randy Nesse, University of Michigan
Richard Nisbett, University of Michigan
Denise Park, University of Texas at Dallas
Chandra Sripada, University of Michigag
Stephen Suomi, National Institute of Mental Health

Complete applications are due by midnight on March 15.  You will be notified of the status of your application by March 31, and will have until April 30 for early registration, and June 15 for regular registration.

Participation fees are $1,300 for graduate students or post-docs, and $2,000 for faculty. Discounted rates for early registration (by March 31) are $1,100 for graduate students or post-docs, and $1,800 for faculty.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. We do not offer any scholarships or financial assistance.

For application forms and information, go to or contact:

Natalie Dushane
Center for Culture, Mind, and the Brain
University of Michigan
426 Thompson Street, 5241 ISR
Ann Arbor, MI  48106-1248
(734) 764-4112


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