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Behav Brain Sci. 2010 Jun;33(2-3):83-4. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X10000026. Epub 2010 Jun 15.

Why a theory of human nature cannot be based on the distinction between universality and variability: Lessons from anthropology.

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Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom. r.astuti@lse.ac.uk

Abstract

We welcome the critical appraisal of the database used by the behavioral sciences, but we suggest that the authors' differentiation between variable and universal features is ill conceived and that their categorization of non-WEIRD populations is misleading. We propose a different approach to comparative research, which takes population variability seriously and recognizes the methodological difficulties it engenders.

PMID:
20550736
DOI:
10.1017/S0140525X10000026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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