Oscillatory alpha power at rest reveals an independent self: A cross-cultural investigation

Brian Kraus, Cristina E. Salvador, Aya Kamikubo, Nai Ching Hsiao, Jon Fan Hu, Mayumi Karasawa, Shinobu Kitayama

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In the current cultural psychology literature, it is commonly assumed that the personal self is cognitively more salient for those with an independent (vs. interdependent) self-construal (SC). So far, however, this assumption remains largely untested. Here, we drew on evidence that resting state alpha power (RSAP) reflects mental processes constituting the personal self, and tested whether RSAP is positively correlated with independent (vs. interdependent) SC. Study 1 tested European Americans and Taiwanese, whereas Study 2 tested European Americans and Japanese (total N = 164). A meta-analysis performed on the combined data confirmed a reliable association between independent (vs. interdependent) SC and RSAP. However, this association was only reliable when participants had their eyes closed. Even though European Americans were consistently more independent than East Asians, RSAP was no greater for European Americans than for East Asians. Our data helps explore a missing link in the theorizing of contemporary cultural psychology.

期刊Biological Psychology
出版狀態Published - 2021 7月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 一般神經科學
  • 神經心理學與生理心理學


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