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Center for Culture, Brain, and Development

Funded by The Foundation for Psychocultural Research

The FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) fosters training and research at UCLA to explore how culture and social relations inform brain development, how the brain organizes cultural and social development, and how development gives rise to a cultural brain. At the same time, we aim to understand how the brain makes it natural to acquire, use, and create culture; how development builds on neurally mediated socio-cultural practices; how social relations are culturally informed; how culture is acquired in social interaction; and, how culture and social relations are constructed through neurally potentiated developmental processes.

Funding for the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development is generously provided by Dr. Robert Lemelson and The Foundation for Psychocultural Research. The FPR is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 for the purpose of supporting and advancing interdisciplinary research projects and scholarship at the intersection of psychology, culture, neuroscience and psychiatry. The Foundation has provided essential funding to aid CBD trainees and faculty in the pursuit of these research goals and to allow CBD to host public lectures and mini-conferences presenting some of the foremost scholars in the areas of psychology, culture, neuroscience, and psychiatry.

Dr. Robert Lemelson and The Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) have expanded the funding of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) to include a new program for Culture, Brain, Development, and Mental Health (CBDMH).

Participating faculty and trainees are members of the UCLA programs in Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Education, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Training Program
CBD offers training that integrates theory and research on culture, brain, and development at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. Participating faculty come from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, psychiatry, and education. The Training Program includes a one-quarter Integrative Seminar on a different topic each year, and biweekly Forum talks throughout the academic year.

Lecture Series in Culture, Brain, and Development
The Lecture Series consists of three talks each year by important researchers in culture, brain, and development from the United States and around the world.

CBD offers Predoctoral Fellowships and the Foundation for Psychocultural Research offers Postdoctoral Fellowships for qualified candidates to participate in the CBD program at UCLA. Applicants should have expertise or definite research goals in at least two of the three core areas (culture, brain, and development), and have a clearly formulated interest in the third field.

Exchange Across Universities
CBD has an ongoing exchange program with the undergraduate CBD Program at Hampshire College