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The section in Cultural Psychology offers an outlet for work that focuses on the ways in which culture shapes psychological and physiological functioning, and vice versa. Articles published in this section examine aspects of culture that encompass meanings and mental processes (e.g., behavioral norms, values, beliefs) and/or practices and the material world (e.g., symbols, behavior, cultural products), using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. We think of culture as involving both widely shared intersubjective representations and unique ways in which individual people engage with their local social contexts. We also see culture as dynamic and non-essentialist, emerging through repeated interactions with the social and physical affordances of daily life.
Cultural psychology is an interdisciplinary field with links to other areas within the broader field of psychology, as well as related fields such as linguistics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy of mind, cultural studies, transcultural psychiatry, neuroscience, and cognitive science. We are interested in representing the rich literature capturing cultural psychology's interdisciplinary ties.
We welcome submissions that present empirical work in the rapidly advancing field of cultural psychology or make theoretical contributions that are informed by such work. We are especially eager to publish work that is based outside of WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) cultural contexts. We will foster research that continues to critically examine the naturalistic philosophy of mind with its assumptions of “natural” and “uniform” mental processes that are independent of contextual influences. We expect that successful submissions to this specialty will make an attempt to assess and “unpack” culture in some way, rather than using it as a single-variable explanation. We also expect that authors will consider whether their own methods and assumptions reflect particular cultural assumptions.
We welcome a variety of approaches, including, but not limited to experiments, observational work, interviews, questionnaire-based studies, methods to study daily life (i.e., daily diary studies), computational models, studies of cultural products, historically-informed approaches, and ANS and CNS psychophysiology. We would like to encourage submissions using innovative empirical or analytical approaches. We are interested in both quantitative and qualitative work, and in fruitfully extending into areas of cross-disciplinary exploration. Our current editorial board’s expertise lies primarily with quantitative approaches in the field of psychology. Given that some of the readership might not yet be very familiar with qualitative and cross-disciplinary approaches, we encourage authors using these approaches to more fully explain their work with this readership in mind.
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Cultural Psychology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Cultural Psychology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Cultural Psychology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Psychology.