Cultural and Region Making Cultural Comparisons

Cultural differences are of concern in the study of emotion and personality as well as in the diagnosis of pathology. Although some measures of emotion (chiefly those which rely on bodily responses, or judgments of basic facial expressions) do not vary greatly from culture to culture, a description of emotion in terms of language cannot be assumed, without study, to generalize across cultures. Authors writing in the book edited by Russell,

Fernandez-Dols, Manstead, and Wellencamp (1995) include examples of many cases where emotional language from one culture does not match that from another. Even what are considered "basic" emotions in North American research may not have fully equivalent labels in the languages of other cultures. On the other hand, research into the development of categories of emotion based on natural language suggests that these categories may be universal (Hupka, Lenton, & Hutchison, 1999), and Moore, Romney, Hsia, and Rusch (1999) emphasize the universality of the semantic structure of emotional terms (while allowing for, and describing, intercultural differences). There is considerable evidence of the validity of the factor structure of the NEO PI-R in many different cultures (e.g., McCrae & Costa, 1997).

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