Edited by Ay,se K. Üskül and Shigehiro Oishi, Socio-Economic Environment and Human Psychology focuses on the social and economic conditions that impact on every aspect of an individual's life cycle. This edited collection showcases a variety of approaches to the study of the role of the social and economic environment in human psychological processes, such as: judgment and decision-making, trust, the self, and happiness. Further, it brings together state-of-the-art research from the fields of psychology, anthropology, economics, epidemiology, and evolutionary science.Illuminating how individuals think, feel, and behave in response to the social and economic conditions and settings that shape our daily lives, contributors to this volume explore the role played by economic conditions (wealth, scarcity, disasters); economic change (urbanization, socio-economic mobility); and the type of economic activity or structure (farming, herding, market economy) in the shaping of different psychological processes. As a result, the findings presented in this volume provide readers with important policy implications that have the potential to help to improve the psychological health of citizens at large.
Table of Contents
IntroductionAy,se K. Üskül and Shigehori OishiSection 1: Ecology and Economic Activity1. Ecocultural Perspective on Human BehaviorJohn W. Berry2. The Role of Economic Culture in Social Interdependence: Consequences for Cognitive Style and Social Exclusion ExperiencesAy,se K. Üskül and Harriet Over3. How Rice Farming Shaped Culture in Southern ChinaThomas Talhelm and Shigehiro Oishi4. Rationally Irrational?: The Ecologies and Economics of HonorDov Cohen, Ivan Hernandez, Karl Gruschow, Andrzej Nowak, Michele J. Gelfand, and Wojciech BorkowskiSection 2: Socioeconomic Status and Inequality5. Decision-Making Up Against the Wall: A Framework for Understanding the Behavioral Dimension of Low Socioeconomic StatusJennifer Sheehy-Skeffington6. Socioeconomic Inequality in Health: Individual- and Area-Level Measures of Socioeconomic PositionNicos Middleton, Panayiota Ellina, George Zannoupas, Demetris Lamnisos, and Christiana Kouta7. Socioeconomic Cultures: How Education Shapes the SelfRebecca Carey and Lucy Zhang Bencharit8. Context Shapes Human Development: Studies from TurkeyÇiğdem Kağitçiba,si and Zeynep CemalcilarSection 3: Economic Conditions9. Economics of Subjective Well-Being: Evaluating the Evidence for the Easterlin ParadoxAnke C. Plagnol and Lucia Macchia10. Economic Shifts and Cultural Changes in Individualism: A Cross-Temporal PerspectiveYuji Ogihara11. Dynamics of Culture Change and Cultural Stability Among the Shuar of EcuadorH. Clark BarrettSection 4: Ecological and Economic Threat12. Economic Conditions Cue Evolutionary Challenges: When a Recession is More Than Just a RecessionJeff Gassen and Sarah E. Hill13. Disasters, Insurance, and PreferencesYasuyuki Sawada