The emphasis in these projects was on:
- how culture promotes a certain self-understanding,
- which values are significantly stronger endorsed in one culture compared to another,
- how people tend to reason social events? a tendency for analytic cognition at a cultural and indiviual level level is compared to a tendency for holistic cognition.
- How bicultural individuals manage conflicting aspects of their internalised cultures?
The central goal, however in Cross-cultural psychology, is to investigate and compare how different cultural orientations affect people’s positive psychological functioning (subjective well-being or self-esteem feelings).
Similar studies have compared effects for the same domains word-wide. For example, North Americanto South American or Asian cultures. In a European context, in the research projects I have participated or initiated, we have extensively compared population of the Dutch culture, as a typical individualistic culture, to populations of more collectivistic cultures (Greek).
The degree of compliance of our findings with those from other studies at a cross-cultural international level and the consequences for positive psychological functioning are discussed in our peer reviewed scientific journals or in international scientific conferences.
In our workshops: We also use the knowledge and expertise we have acquired in all the workshops we tailor to individuals or Organisations
Domains of investigation