January 15-16, 2010
Harnack-Haus Berlin
Cultural theories in psychology hold that individuals differ in their self-construal according to cultural affiliation. While Westerners typically see the self as an autonomous entity emphasizing their individual traits (independent self-construal), Easterners typically view the self as an entity highlighting their social relations (interdependent self-construal). The way of construing the self has become a key variable in understanding how cultural affiliation shapes human cognition, emotion, and behaviour.
The purpose of the symposium is to discuss the concept of self-construal from various perspectives: developmental, cross-cultural, and social psychology as well as neuroscience and philosophy. How is the interaction between learning and maturation reflected in the development of an individual self-construal? How do insights from the neurosciences bear on these issues? How can we diagnose the various empirical findings on culturally formed self-construals from philosophical and medical accounts?
Based on current studies and examples, we aim to characterize the cultural, social and psychological constructions underlying the differences, depending on self-construal (independent vs. interdependent) and cultural affiliation (Western vs. Eastern cultural context). It is still an open issue whether the observed effects of self-construals on emotion and cognition are qualitative or quantitative, and whether these interindividual differences can be stable and universal in a constantly changing world.
Please send your address and affiliation with a short motivational statement by December 21, 2009 to Teresa Birngruber (birngruber@cbs.mpg.de).
Places are limited. Please register early as registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Friday, January 15th
13.00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Welcome (Anne Springer)
14:30 - 15:15 Heidi Keller
Socialization strategies towards different conceptions of the self
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:30 Monika Keller
The development of the moral self: universal and differential aspects
16:30 - 17:15 David Trafimow
Culture, Consequences, and Opinions
17:15 - 17:45 Coffee Break
17:45 - 18:15 Anne Springer
Self-construals, context-dependency, and cognitive control
19:30 Dinner
Saturday, January 16th
09:00 - 09:45 Albert Newen
Self-understanding and understanding others: The interdependence of self-construal and person models
09:45 - 10:30 Shihui Han
Neural Basis of cultural influence on self-construals
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee-Break
11:00 - 11:45 Cristóbal Curio
Real-time facial expression simulation towards a cognitive model of interaction
11:45 - 12:15 Kirsten Volz
Neuroscientific data on the effects of self-construals
12:15 - 13:00 Final Discussion
13:00 Lunch (optional)
Dr. Anne Springer (Leipzig)
Dr. Kirsten Volz (Berlin)
Self and Others in Mind.
Interdisciplinary viewpoints on Self-Construals

Dr. Cristóbal Curio
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
Prof. Shihui Han
Department of Psychology, Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Peking University
Prof. Heidi Keller
Culture and Development, Faculty of Human Sciences, Universität Osnabrück
Prof. Monika Keller
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Prof. Albert Newen
Institute of Philosophy, 
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Dr. Anne Springer
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Prof. David Trafimow
Department of Psychology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
Dr. Kirsten Volz
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

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