Culture Brain Behavior Interaction Model


The Culture Brain Behavior Interaction Model (CBB Model) describes a feedback loop between the experience of social information; the cognitive mediation (interpretation) of that information by an individual; the encoding of that information into neural, epigenetic, physiologic and other biological processes; and the subsequent social output by the individual that others then experience. This process describes the flow of learned social information and how it may be passed between people and generations, and represented by neurobiological processes. The CBB model is the first model to describe the complete feedback loop, including neurobiophysiological and generational components. It is also the first model to describing individual differences and how psychiatry pathologies that distort cultural components may emerge.

The CBB Model was first published by Drs. Daina Crafa and Saskia K. Nagel in a 2013 conference proceeding with a full article accepted for publication January 2015 (and original full text publically available on several websites from January 2015-May 2018). This article is currently in press pending the publication of a special issue, and a more recent version of the article is available by request.

Crafa, D., & Nagel, S.K. (In press). Traces of culture: the feedback loop between brain, behavior, and disorder. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Crafa, D., & Nagel, S. (2013, May). Accounting for Heterogeneity: The Culture-Brain-Behavior Interaction Model. Poster presented at the first meeting of the International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium (ICNC), Evanston, IL, USA.