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Curriculum for Tolerance: Cognitive and Affective Processes

Yoshimi Matsuda.

Psychological theories have neglected cultural factors for far too long. Many psychological theories fail to explain that thinking, feeling and behaving are very much the products of socialisation processes. Considering that many inter-cultural conflicts result from misunderstanding of intent and expectation of opponents, understanding why different intentions and expectations may occur seems indispensable. Explaining the power of culture (in terms, for example, of social norms and values) may facilitate this understanding of our behaviours. This understanding then may further mutual tolerance. Toward this goal, a psychology unit was created and offered to 4th year university psychology majors as an elective. The current study describes the contents of this unit and evaluates its effects using an untreated control group design with dependent pre-test and post-test samples.


Yoshimi Matsuda  (Australia)
School of Psychology
Australian Catholic University

Member of American Psychological Association; Australian Psychological Society; College of Clinical Psychologists; Japanese Psychological Association

  • Tolerance
  • College education
  • Teacher education
  • Racism

(Virtual Presentation, English)