(p. ix) About The Editors
(p. ix) About The Editors
Joan Y. Chiao
Joan Y. Chiao is Director of the International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium, an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing theory and methods in cultural neuroscience to address issues in culture and health. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and her B.S. with honors in symbolic systems from Stanford University. Her research is in social affective and cultural neuroscience, examining how race, culture, and social status affect the human mind, biology, and behavior. She serves on the editorial board of several journals, such as Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Social Neuroscience, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Culture and Brain. She receives grant support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.
Shu-Chen Li is Professor at TU Dresden (Technische Universität Dresden) in Germany. She holds the Chair for Lifespan Developmental Neuroscience in the psychology department. She is also an adjunct research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. The research in her lab utilizes an integrated array of theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to investigate developmental and individual differences in brain–behavioral relations across the lifespan.
Rebecca Seligman is a medical and psychological anthropologist at Northwestern University who focuses on transcultural psychiatry, or the study of mental health in cross-cultural perspective. Her research interests involve critical examination of the social and political–economic forces that affect the experience and distribution of mental and physical illness, with an emphasis on the physical processes and mechanisms through which such forces become embodied. She is interested in the relationships of stress, social disadvantage, and cultural models of selfhood to outcomes such as post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociation, somatization, diabetes, and depression. She is also exploring current neurobiological research concerning these phenomena. Her past research has explored the connection between mental health and religious participation in northeastern Brazil. Her recent publications include a book titled Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves: Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian Religion.
(p. x) Robert (Bob) Turner
Robert (Bob) Turner has played a key role in the invention of actively shielded gradient coils used widely in MRI; the development of diffusion-weighted imaging of human brain, which allows assessment of brain connectivity and evaluation of stroke damage; and the discovery of functional MRI by measurement of the effects of blood oxygenation changes. As a Max Planck Institute Director in Leipzig, Germany, he was engaged in the discovery of native cortical anatomical maps of individual living human brains using ultra-high-field MRI. He has published more than 220 scientific papers in a broad range of disciplines, and he is currently Director Emeritus of the Neurophysics Department at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig (see http://www.cbs.mpg.de/staff/turner-10649), where he leads a major program of investigation into the functional anatomy of the human brain using ultra-high-field strength MRI. He is also Honorary Professor at the universities of Amsterdam and Nottingham.