Emma E. Buchtel joined the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Dr. Buchtel received her PhD in cultural psychology (social/personality area; quantitative minor) from the University of British Columbia in 2009, and her B.A. from Yale University in 1999. In between, she spent four years in Changsha and Beijing, teaching English at the high school and university levels and learning Mandarin Chinese.
TEDxEdUHK 2019 (April 13, 2019): Culture, Morality and Connecting Across Differences (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LToLDHWKGBE)
Dr. Buchtel's research interests revolve around culture’s effects on motivation, morality, and values, with a focus on improving cross-cultural understanding. Specific research foci include cultural differences in the value of agency and dutiful motivation; the definition of morality, immorality, and virtue; cultural-moral relativism; and the effects of teaching about cultural differences.
Topics: Cultural Psychology; Social Psychology
Pedagogy: Cultivating intellectual character; Creating classroom cultures of thinking (Ritchhart); Academic discussion, perspective taking, and the joy of critical thinking