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Personality, Values, Culture
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Target online publication date: November 2017
  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online ISBN: 9781316091944
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Humans are complex social beings. To understand human behaviour, an integrated perspective is required - one which considers both what we regularly do (our personality traits) and what motivates us (our values). Personality, Values, Culture uses an evolutionary perspective to look at the similarities and differences in personality and values across modern societies. Integrating research on personality and human values into a functional framework that highlights their underlying compatibilities (driven by shared genetic and brain mechanisms), Fischer describes how personality is shaped by the complex interplay between genes and the environment, both over the course of human evolution and within the lifespan of individuals. He proposes a gene-culture coevolution model of personality and values to explain how and why people differ around the world and how genes, economics, social conditions, and climate jointly shape personality.


Advance praise:‘Personality traits and value orientations have been studied in separation. Ronald Fischer overcomes this separation and demonstrates convincingly how much these two strands of scholarship can learn from each other. He synthesizes a vast multi-disciplinary literature in a most competent way. This book is a new classic in cross-cultural psychology.'

Christian Welzel - Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany

Advance praise:'Ronald Fischer, a giant in the field of cross-cultural psychology, has produced an intellectual masterpiece. Drawing on fields as diverse as genetics, neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, he provides a marvelous integration of research on personality, values and culture, tackling age-old questions and identifying new frontiers along the way. This book is a must for anyone interested in understanding human behavior.'

Michele J. Gelfand - University of Maryland


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