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≪Organizer Abstract≫
From recent work on socio-cultural correlates and determinants of health and wellbeing, it has become increasingly clear that socio-cultural contexts and health/wellbeing are mutually constitutive at multiple levels. This symposium underscores this thesis by bringing together four lines of work that are based on population-level surveys that offer biological markers of health. Miyamoto will discuss her recent finding that negative affect is a significant correlate of increased inflammation among Americans. Surprisingly, however, this relationship is absent among Japanese. Akutsu will report his finding that optimistic mindsets are associated with reduced expression of genes linked to inflammation and immune-suppression. Kawakami will discuss how the link between socio-economic status and wellbeing might be differentially mediated by different variables in different cultural contexts of Japan and the United States. Finally, Ryff will summarize similarities and differences between Japan and the U.S. in how longitudinal trajectories of psychological well-being are linked with health.
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