There are several studies by Nisbett on the topic of culture/honor/ and the
interpretation of behavior. Below is the abstract from a paper published in
1996 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol 50, pp. 945-960.
I suggest searching psychinfo where more material is available.
ine reputation was threatened, more upset (as shown by a rise in cortisol levels), more physiologically primed for aggression (as shown by a rise in testosterone levels), more cognitively primed for aggression, and more likely to engage in aggressive and dominant behavior. Findings highlight the insult-aggression cycle in cultures of honor, in which insults diminish a man's reputation and he tries to restore his status by aggressive or violent behavior.
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