"For more than a century, psychology has worked with the assumption that processes in our minds are the same for all normal adult human beings. The research agenda of the Culture and Cognition Lab challenges this assumption theoretically and empirically. Scholars in our lab and throughout the field have repeatedly found that culture explains variability in a number of psychological functions-cognition, emotion, social perception and social interaction-and related social institutional variables as well. We seek to examine and uncover the psychological mechanisms that drive the underlying relationship between culture and cognition."
- K. Peng, Director
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Culture and Cognition Lab Director
Professor Kaiping Peng is a tenured faculty member at the Psychology Department of the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997. Before coming to the US in 1989, he served as a faculty member at the Psychology Department of Peking University of China for five years. In addition to directing the Culture and Cognition lab at UC-Berkeley, he has published six books and over 100 articles on Culture and Cognition, and the psychology of Chinese people.
In May of 2008, the University of California Berkeley began working closely with Tsinghua University. As part of this collaboration, professor Kaiping Peng was appointed to lead the revitalization of the Psychology Department at Tsinghua after its 60-year absence. The Berkeley-Tsinghua program's goal is to create and support collaborative, psychological research between faculty and students from both universities. The program was made possible by a generous donation from Cher Wang and Wenchi Chen of Via Technologies.