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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (5) : 887-902     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00887
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Tight-loose culture: A new dimension of cross-cultural psychology
LU Jun; CHEN Hao; YUE Guoan
(Department of Social Psychology, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China)
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Tight-loose culture, a new dimension in empirical research in the field of cross-culture psychology, sheds some light on the interpretation of social norms and the tolerance of deviant behaviors in diverse cultures. This paper elaborates on the definition of tight-loose culture, its underlying causes as well as measurement method at the national, regional and individual level. This study finds out that tight-loose culture has been widely integrated into the research of self-consciousness, personality cultivation and mental state. It can also be applied to the study of judgment, decision-making and innovation. Besides, tight-loose culture has become an interdisciplinary research area that incorporates culture into cognitive neuroscience, biology (gene) and national safety (social harmony and terrorism). Taking the merits of relevant research perspectives into account, future research in this field (tight-loose culture) could orient the distinction of descriptive norms and injunctive norms.

Keywords tight-loose culture      cross-cultural psychology      social norms      cultural anthropology     
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Issue Date: 15 May 2017
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LU Jun,CHEN Hao,YUE Guoan. Tight-loose culture: A new dimension of cross-cultural psychology[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(5): 887-902.
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