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The Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles that supports and advances interdisciplinary research projects and scholarship at the intersection of psychology, culture, neuroscience, and psychiatry, with an emphasis on cultural factors as central, not peripheral. The FPR was founded in December 1999 with a gift from Robert B. Lemelson, a documentary filmmaker and psychological anthropologist on the UCLA faculty.

 


 

Exploring issues at the intersection of brain, mind, culture, and mental health.

 


 

The Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry is a network of scholars and clinicians within the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, devoted to promoting research, training and consultation in social and cultural psychiatry.

 


 

A collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics.

 


 

Critical Neuroscience probes the extent to which discussion of neuroscience-in ethical debates, policy texts, commercial and clinical projects-matches the achievements and potential of neuroscience itself. It examines the ways in which the new sciences and technologies of the brain lead to classifying people in new ways, and the effects this can have on social and personal life. It studies both the methods used to gain new knowledge, and the ways in which the knowledge is interpreted and used. The project hopes to introduce our observations into brain research itself, and to integrate them into new experimental and interpretive directions.

 


 

'Neuroanthropology' is a broad term, intended to embrace all dimensions of human neural activity, including emotion, perception, cognitive, motor control, skill acquisition, and a range of other issues. Unlike previous ways of doing psychological or cognitive anthropology, it remains open and heterogeneous, recognizing that not all brain systems function in the same way, so culture will not take hold of them in identical fashion. Although we believe that human neural structure is biological and the product of evolution, we also recognize that the development processes shaping each individual include a host of other forces as well, so that we cannot privilege any single cause over all other.