Thomas Talhelm

LIFE Virginia

LIFE Fellow from 2010 to 2015, University of Virginia


Dissertation completed in April 2015

The Rice Theory of Culture

(Advisor: Shigehiro Oishi)

Selected Publications

Talhelm, T., & English, A. S. (2020). Historically rice-farming societies have tighter social norms in China and worldwide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(33), 19816–19824.

Talhelm, T., Zhang, X., Oishi, S., Shimin, C., Duan, D., Lan, X., & Kitayama, S. (2014). Discovery of large-scale psychological differences within China explained by rice vs. wheat agriculture. Science, 344(6184), 603–608.

Talhelm, T., & Oishi, S. (2013). Residential mobility affects self-concept, group support, and happiness of individuals and communities. In P. J. Rentfrow (Ed.), Psychological geography: Exploring the interaction of environment and behavior. APA Books.

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