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Description - The Encultured Brain by Daniel H. Lende

Basic concepts and case studies from an emerging field that investigates human capacities and pathologies at the intersection of brain and culture.

The brain and the nervous system are our most cultural organs. Our nervous system is especially immature at birth, our brain disproportionately small in relation to its adult size and open to cultural sculpting at multiple levels. Recognizing this, the new field of neuroanthropology places the brain at the center of discussions about human nature and culture. Anthropology offers brain science more robust accounts of enculturation to explain observable difference in brain function; neuroscience offers anthropology evidence of neuroplasticity's role in social and cultural dynamics. This book provides a foundational text for neuroanthropology, offering basic concepts and case studies at the intersection of brain and culture.

After an overview of the field and background information on recent research in biology, a series of case studies demonstrate neuroanthropology in practice. Contributors first focus on capabilities and skills-including memory in medical practice, skill acquisition in martial arts, and the role of humor in coping with breast cancer treatment and recovery-then report on problems and pathologies that range from post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans to smoking as a part of college social life.

Mauro C. Balieiro, Kathryn Bouskill, Rachel S. Brezis, Benjamin Campbell, Greg Downey, Jose Ernesto dos Santos, William W. Dressler, Erin P. Finley, Agustin Fuentes, M. Cameron Hay, Daniel H. Lende, Katherine C. MacKinnon, Katja Pettinen, Peter G. Stromberg

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262527491
ISBN-10: 0262527499
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel H. Lende

Daniel H. Lende is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Greg Downey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney. In 2007 they created the popular Neuroanthropology blog (, which is now part of the Public Library of Science (

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