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Susan E. Cross

Susan E. Cross

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How do people define themselves, and what difference does one’s self-definition make? How does culture shape beliefs and practices regarding self and close relationships? Why is honor so important in some parts of the world? My research program weaves together three central dimensions of human experience -- self and identity, close relationships, and culture -- to address these critical questions about human behavior.

In particular, I have been examining the construct of honor in Turkey and the US (with collaborators Ayse Uskul, Arzu Wasti, and Phia Salter), with a special focus on how honor and non-honor (or dignity) cultures think about and respond to honor-related situations. In other research, I have been investigating Chinese conceptions of close relationships, and how traditional Chinese values, such as filial piety, influence beliefs about and decision-making in relationships. Finally, I continue my interest in self-construal, and in cultural influences on self and identity).

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Susan E. Cross
Department of Psychology
901 Stange Rd., 1347 Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-3180
United States

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