Cross-Cultural Invariances in the Architecture of Shame

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol/Iss. 155 (39) National Academy of Sciences Washington, D.C Published In Pages: 9702-9707
By Sznycer, Daniel, Xygalatas, Dimitris, Agey, Elizabeth, Alami, Sarah, An, Xiao-Fen, Ananyeva, Kristina I., Atkinson, Quentin D., Broitman, Bernardo R., Conte, Thomas J., Flores, Carola, Fukushima, Shintaro, Hitokoto, Hidefumi, Kharitonov, Alexander N. , Onyishi, Charity N. , Onyishi, Ike E. , Romero, Pedro P. , Schrock, Joshua M., Snodgrass, J. Josh, Sugiyama, Lawrence S., Takemura, Kosuke, Townsend, Cathryn, Zhuang, Jin-Ying, Aktipis, C. Athena, Cronk, Lee, Cosmides, Leda, Tooby, John


This study looks at the possibility of a universal system of social valuation by examining the correlation between shame and devaluation. Researchers conducted an experiment among 899 participants from 15 communities of high cultural variation in order to test if similar relationships between shame and devaluation exist independently of cultural contact or cultural evolution. The findings reveal that shame and devaluation are closely linked both between individuals and members of a local audience, as well as cross-culturally.


The term devaluation in this study was used to quantify negative perceptions of individuals on a scale from 1 (would not view negatively) to 4 (would view them very negatively). doi:


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