Cross-Cultural Psychology : Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications, Seventh Edition book cover
7th Edition

Cross-Cultural Psychology
Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications, Seventh Edition

ISBN 9780367199395
Published November 16, 2020 by Routledge
542 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written in a conversational style that transforms complex ideas into accessible ones, this international best-selling textbook provides an interdisciplinary review of the theories and research in cross‐cultural psychology. The text’s unique critical thinking framework, including Critical Thinking boxes, helps students develop analytical skills. Exercises interspersed throughout promote active learning and encourage class discussion. Case in Point sections review controversial issues and opinions about behavior in different cultural contexts. Cross‐Cultural Sensitivity boxes underscore the importance of empathy in communication. Numerous applications prepare students for working in various multicultural contexts such as teaching, counseling, health care, and social work.

New to the 7th Edition:

  • over 190 recent references, particularly on studies of non-Western regions such as the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the United States and Europe.
  • broader discussion of gender roles and health behaviors across cultures.
  • new discussions related to the psychological fallout of both globalization and anti-globalization tendencies.
  • greater attention shifted from general psychological theories to specific challenges of cross-cultural psychology.
  • new or revised chapter openings that draw upon current events.
  • more examples related to the experiences of international students in the United States and indigenous people.
  • updated figures, tables, and graphs that are also available for download for instructors to utilize in their online teaching.
  • new research on global trends, nationalism, gender, race, religious beliefs, parenting styles, sexual orientation, ethnic identity and stereotypes, immigration, intelligence, substance abuse, states of consciousness, DSM-5, cultural customs, evolutionary psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and acculturation.
  • online resources for instructors and students.

The dynamic author team brings a diverse set of experiences in writing this text that provides cross-cultural perspectives on topics such as sensation, perception, consciousness, intelligence, human development, emotion, motivation, social perception, personality, psychological disorders, and various applied topics.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology  2. Critical Thinking in Cross-Cultural Psychology  3. Methodology of Cross-Cultural Research  4. Cognition: Sensation, Perception, and States of Consciousness  5. Intelligence  6. Emotion  7. Motivation and Behavior  8. Human Development and Socialization  9. Psychological Disorders  10. Social Perception, Social Cognition, and Social Interaction  11. Personality and the Self  12. Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology: Some Highlights

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Dr. Eric B. Shiraev teaches at George Mason University. He is an author, a coauthor, and coeditor of more than 20 books and numerous publications in the fields of cross-cultural studies and political psychology. Besides his teaching and scholarly work, Dr. Shiraev writes policy briefs and opinion essays for government agencies, NGOs, and the media.

Dr. David A. Levy is an award-winning professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, a practicing psychotherapist, media consultant (CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, Fox, NatGeo), and author (Cross-Cultural Psychology, Tools of Critical Thinking, Life Is a 4-Letter Word).


"Given the increasingly multicultural nature of modern societies, this insightful and mature excursion into the dynamics of cross-cultural psychology could not come at a more propitious time. This is important reading and highly recommended." – Jim Sidanius, Harvard University

"This classic text is a must-read for those in the fields of psychology and related social and behavioral sciences. It is an engaging and informative resource for anyone interested in learning how the intricate web of cultural customs, values, and norms permeate our lives and shapes us into who we are." – Denis Sukhodolsky, Yale University

"I had the privilege to use this text in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. This text aims to spark the students’ motivation to learn about cultural contextual variables affecting human behavior, cognitions, and emotions. It offers a critical thinking paradigm and specific exercises, which are priceless in this field and could be applied in other subfields of psychology." – Sergei Tsytsarev, Hofstra University

Praise for the previous edition:

"Shiraev and Levy provide a scholarly analysis of cross-cultural psychology that is informative, intriguing, and enjoyable to read. Their descriptions of contemporary applications convey critically important insights for addressing intergroup conflicts and disparities." – Cheryl Koopman, Stanford University