Integrating Culture and Biology in Psychological Research: Conceptual Clarifications and Recommendations

Moin Syed, Ummul Kiram Kathawalla

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

4 Scopus citations


The increased prevalence of psychological research that integrates cultural and biological perspectives requires that we take stock of how the field approaches important issues of conceptualization and measurement. The primary goal of this chapter is to raise some substantial conceptual and methodological issues of which researchers in the field should be aware. To this end, the chapter includes an in-depth discussion of the nature of cultural psychology, highlights the need to carefully conceptualize the nature of cultural groups, and addresses the ongoing debate about the biological basis of race. The second half of the chapter provides some specific recommendations for future researchers who wish to pursue a rigorous scientific approach to understanding the interplay of culture and biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Culture and Biology Interplay
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781119181361
ISBN (Print)9781119181323
StatePublished - Aug 22 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Biology
  • Culture
  • Ethnicity
  • Methodology
  • Race
  • Theory


Dive into the research topics of 'Integrating Culture and Biology in Psychological Research: Conceptual Clarifications and Recommendations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this