Cross Cultural Psychology

Cross Cultural Psychology Paper
Tony Knauls
October 7 2012
Dr. Georgia Wells

Cross Cultural Psychology Paper

      Culture is a set of attitudes, behaviors and symbols shared by a large group of people and usually communicated from one generation to the next (Shiraev & Levy, 2010p2). Before reaching adulthood individuals learn how to understand their environment according to his parents.” Culture is a full range of learned behavior patterns”(N.A., 2010, p .1). We notice individuals of African, Japanese, Italian descent; individuals are referring to the customs and ideals that their parents used. It has become a way of life passed down from generation to generation. “ in most cases, those who share your culture do so because they acquired it as they were raised by parents and other family members who have it” (N.A., 2010, p. 1). “There are certain behaviors that are associated with culture such as norms, roles, customs, traditions, habits, practices, and fashions” (Shiraev & Levy, 2010, p.3). Cultures can be explained as experiencing explicit and implicit (Shiraev, & Levy 2010, p .4). Certain practices in some cultures that are more dominate than others, for example saying, goodbye, and hello in our culture. “Implicit culture implies the information and cultural rules are implied and already known to the participants; social rules are part of whom and what you are and are learned over time from others, such as rules of address and particular behavioral expectations in a standard situation that may be viewed as examples of implicit culture” (Illinois State University, n.d. p.4). For example, on Halloween people in America are expect to wear costumes and everyone, seems to eat an excessive amount of candy. No culture is the same; every culture has their own set of rules and regulations.

      Cross cultural psychology deals with the culture, we do not chose the culture that we are brought up in. People learn their practices of their culture from...