How Culture Has Affected People Around The World

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Is there such thing as universal psychological process or are we all different since the day we were born? Most importantly, does culture affect us as a person despite our smiliar biological needs? Social psychologists have been trying to investigate how culture diversity has affected people around the world. In this essay, we will look at how culture influences diffferent psychological processes of humans such as emotions, perception, and cognition. The essay will also explore on the different factors that might affect psychological procecss besides culture.

We used the word culture in many different ways in everyday language. Most people used the word culture to mean race, nationality, and ethnicity or even to reflect trends in music, food, art and others. There is no single consensual definition of culture. According to Hofstede, culture is defined as the collective programming of the human mind that distinguishes the members of one human group from those of another. On the other hand, Storti define culture as a system of beliefs and values shared by a particular group of people. Although definitions of culture vary, they tend to share the common view that culture is the set of cognitions and practices that characterise a specific social group and distinguish it from others.

Over the years, social psychologists try to come up with different dimensions for comparing culture. Hofsteade (1980) suggested a number of dimensions such as power distance, uncertainty…
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