Behavioral and Brain Sciences

open peer commentary

what is culture made of?

chen yu a1 and linda smith a1
a1 department of psychology and cognitive science program, indiana university, bloomington, in 47405 [email protected] [email protected]


culture is surely important in human learning. but the relation between culture and psychological mechanism needs clarification in three areas: (1) all learning takes place in real time and through real-time mechanisms; (2) social correlations are just a kind of learnable correlations; and (3) the proper frame of reference for cognitive theories is the perspective of the learner.