Accepted paper:

Intangible cultural heritage and social cognition: co-evolving concepts

Author:

Jorge Julio Gonzalez (Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente)

Paper short abstract:

The paper analyzes the role of Intangible Cultural Heritage in creating mechanisms for emotional regulation within communities, in developing collective mechanisms of coping and resilience; and in achieving forms of integration for the neurodiversity of human groups.

Paper long abstract:

The paper will analyze how practices, representations and expressions of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) play an important role in creating mechanisms for emotional regulation within communities. It will also address the role of ICH in developing collective mechanisms of coping and resilience and in achieving different forms of integration for the neurodiversity of each human group. Cultural beliefs, values and practices shape social behavior in profound ways, and, at the same time, neurobiological substrates (genetic and cognitive processes) influence the emergence and transmission of cultural traits. Several aspects of human cognition have been shown to be strongly influenced by sociocultural practices, including the representation of self-hood, language processes, emotions , time perception and decision-making. A contemporary challenge for anthropologists, neuroscientists and social cognitive neuroscientists is to understand the core mechanisms in the human brain that facilitate complex social behavior.

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Intangible cultural heritage, memory and self-hood (IUAES Commission on Intangible Cultural Heritage)