Dov Cohen

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Program Area: Social/Personality

Professor of Psychology
Affiliated Faculty of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
PSYCOLOGY; Affiliated Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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Research Description

Our research has focussed mostly on the interaction of people, culture, and situations. We try to understand both individual differences (within-culture variation) and cultural differences (between-culture variation) in an integrated way. So, we try to understand the cultural logics that make each culture distinct, and we try to understand how people position themselves either toward or against the dominant logic of their culture (Leung & Cohen, 2006a). In this work, we have mostly compared face, dignity, and honor cultures. Another area of interest has to do with phenomenological perspectives on the self. How do people of different cultures experience the self? In our work, we have examined the insider and outsider perspectives that people may take on the self in Euro-American and Asian-American contexts (Cohen & Gunz, 2002; Cohen, Hoshino-Browne, & Leung, in press; Leung & Cohen, 2006b). Two very new areas for us concern: 1) cultural difference in language use. More particularly, we are interested in how people of different cultures may describe reality in some fundamentally different ways. 2) The embodiment of cultural values, in which cultural values get encoded in the way we actually physically comport our bodies (*hard embodiment*) or the way we psychologically represent our bodies in our mental models (*soft embodiment*) (Leung & Cohen, 2006b).


  • Ph.D. from the University of Michigan

Recent Publications

Cohen, D. & Gunz, A. (2002). As seen by the other…: Perspectives on the self in the memories and emotional perceptions of Easterners and Westerners. Psychological Science, 13, 55-59.

Cohen, D. (in press). Methods in cultural psychology. In S. Kitayama & D. Cohen (Eds.) Handbook of Cultural Psychology. NY: Guilford.

Cohen, D., Hoshino-Browne, E., & Leung, A. K.-y. (in press). Culture and the structure of personal experience. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. San Diego: Academic Press.

Cohen, D., Nisbett, R. E., Bowdle, B., & Schwarz, N. (1996). Insult, aggression, and the southern culture of honor. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 945*960.

Vandello, J. & Cohen, D. (1999). Patterns of individualism and collectivism across the United States. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 279-292.

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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.