The cultural neuroscience of socioeconomic status

Jung Yul Kwon, Ryan S. Hampton, Michael Varnum

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In this chapter, we review an emerging body of research that has used neuroscientific techniques (EEG, ERP, fMRI) to examine how our socioeconomic status (SES) affects brain functioning. We focus on SES effects on neural responses reflecting (1) attunement to others, (2) vigilance, (3) trait inference, and (4) emotion regulation. We also address relevant findings regarding the effects of SES on (5) selective attention from a cultural neuroscience perspective. We end by outlining future directions for cultural neuroscience research on the impact of SES, including expanding the scope of inquiry to assess potential interactions between SES and broader cultural context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroscience and Social Science
Subtitle of host publicationThe Missing Link
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319684215
ISBN (Print)9783319684208
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017


  • Cultural neuroscience
  • Culture
  • Emotion regulation
  • Empathy
  • Motor resonance
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Trait inference
  • Vigilance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience
  • General Arts and Humanities


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