Experience and Cognition Lab: Culture and Cognition

Can cross-cultural variation reveal cognitive universals?

Cultural experience, in addition to perceptuo-motor and linguistic experience, contributes to the creation of knowledge, and cross-cultural differences can demonstrate the diversity of the human conceptual repertoire. Yet, to the extent that our concepts depend on our cultural conventions and artifacts, these same cross-cultural differences can also provide powerful evidence for universal processes of knowledge construction.


• Temporal gestures point to culture, not just language.
• Mental metaphors without linguistic metaphors.
• Mental metaphors without language.

Culture and Cognition | Daniel Casasanto