Chapter summary imageA Framework for the Individual

What is culture?

  • The human brain has three major characteristics: integration, sophistication, and adaptability.

HOW IS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM ORGANIZED?

  • the symbols, values, norms, and material objects that societies create

What differentiates one culture from another?

  • the components of culture are found in all cultures but are expressed in very diverse ways

How does social policy influence culture?

  • it affects how we perceive things and guides our thoughts and actions