How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World
“Groundbreaking…Anyone interested in our cultural divides will find tremendous insight here.”
Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now
Professor of Psychology | University of Maryland, College Park
I am a Professor of Psychology and Affiliate of the RH Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Under my direction, the Culture Lab studies the strength of cultural norms, negotiation, conflict, revenge, forgiveness, and diversity. My philosophy is to incorporate as many interdisciplinary perspectives as possible into my research. We work with computer scientists, neuroscientists, political scientists, and--increasingly--biologists to understand all things cultural. I will be moving to the Stanford Graduate School of Business starting Fall 2021.
Gelfand, M. J., Jackson, J. C., Pan, X., Nau, D., Pieper, D., Denison, E., ... & Wang, M. (2021). The relationship between cultural tightness–looseness and COVID-19 cases and deaths: a global analysis. The Lancet Planetary Health. PDF.
Mu, Y., Han, S., & Gelfand, M. J. (2017). The role of gamma interbrain synchrony in social coordination when humans face territorial threats. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 12(10), 1614-1623. PDF.
Gelfand, M. J., Aycan, Z., Erez, M., & Leung, K. (2017). Cross-cultural industrial organizational psychology and organizational behavior: A hundred-year journey. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(3), 514. PDF.
Lisa Leslie (lab alumna) is promoted to full professor at New York University, Stern School of Business (Fall 2021) and is elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2019)
Gelfand receives IACM Best Book Award (2020), Ursula Gielen Book Award (APA, 2020), and the Katzell Award (SIOP, 2020)
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