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 of Wellington 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:

Director, Cross Cultural Programme
School of Psychology

Professor in Psychology
School of Psychology

Professor in Psychology
School of Psychology

Senior Lecturer in Cross Cultural Psychology
School of Psychology

Lecturer in Maori and Indigenous Psychology
School of Psychology