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- Evolutionary legacy of the human brain
- Emotions and feelings
- Sexual variety and reproduction
- Sensory variety, including senses you don't have
- Do mirror neurons explain culture?
- What makes memories?
- Childhood across cultures
- Does every society have a 'self'?
- Cognitive Dissonance: explaining contradictory behaviors
- Modes of religiosity and piousness
- Pathology and society: dissociation, schizophrenia, Tourette
- Exporting anorexia: globalising psychiatry
- Introduction/Conclusion to the topic
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Leacture capture
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
- Assignment 1 - Non-Invigilated Mid Term Exam (35%)
- Assignment 2 - Online Discussion (15%)
- Assignment 3 - Quiz (10%)
- Assignment 4 - Research Paper (40%)
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The subject introduces psychological anthropology, including emotional, cognitive, developmental, and perceptual dynamics across cultures. Psychological anthropology studies the relation between individual psychology and sociocultural diversity, for example, between psychopathology and social structure, between personality differences and childrearing practices, or between perceptual experience and a society's ideologies about the senses. A wide range of perspectives will be explored, from evolutionary psychology to neuroanthropology, and address such topics as consciousness including spirit possession, and cultural variation in insanity and impairment.