PSYC /AFST 206: Black Psychology; PSYC/AFST 209: Psychology of Culture & Diversity
AFST 489: Self & Identity in the African Diaspora; PSYC 689: Culture & Psychology
PSYC 689: Psychology of Intergroup Relations
I apply a Cultural-Psychological theoretical framework to:
- Racism and Oppression
- Collective memory
- Self and identity
- Privilege and Power
- Relationship construction
The Culture in Mind Research Group is a community broadly interested in the relationship between psychological experience and culture. In other words, through research and discussion we explore the various ways in which culture and psyche make each other up (Shweder, 1990).
Throughout my research, one can find an integration of testing basic research theory and applications to socially relevant issues. One goal of my research is to illuminate the social and cultural underpinnings of mind by extending research on traditionally de-contextualized, intrapersonal phenomena to a cultural/collective level. Another goal is to conduct research that might aid in the alleviation of social inequalities and injustice. Currently, I am exploring the implications of divergent representations of Black history and identity for perceiving (or denying) systems of oppression, evaluating relevant social policies, and understanding contemporary events. I am also exploring divergent constructions of relationship in West Africa. This project examines within-community cultural variations in constructions of family in Ghana and the consequences for scarce resource distribution.
Salter, P.S. & Adam, G. (in press). Toward a Critical Race Psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
Nelson, J.C., Adams, G., & Salter, P.S. (2013). The Marley hypothesis: Racism denial reflects ignorance of history. Psychological Science, 24, 213-218.
Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2012). Mother or wife? An African dilemma tale and the psychological dynamics of sociocultural change. Social Psychology, 43, 232–242.
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