How culture shapes our ability to read, express, and even have emotions

How to debunk deceptive emotions, by Kristen Lindquist.

A young woman smiles and slightly tilts her head, standing outside in front of a lake.

In this video Kristen Lindquist PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, examines how culture shapes our perspectives, how we express ourselves emotionally, and how we interpret emotions.

It’s interesting that similar emotional states can evoke different physiological responses in different contexts and cultures.

A growing body of evidence suggests that our ability to display and read facial expressions, for example, are somewhat culturally determined. In this way, facial expressions are more like language.

In other research, anger was shown to have completely different physiological effects depending on whether the culture in which it was experienced was more collectivist or more individualist.

These remarkable findings should lead us to have more cultural humility and more caution when we are interpreting the emotional landscapes of others through our own lenses and biases.

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