讲座内容：The rice theory argues that the irrigation and labor requirements of paddy rice made southern China more tightly interdependent than the wheat-growing north. In this talk, Thomas Talhelm reports new findings: can rice culture take hold in an isolated rice village surrounded by wheat farmers and herders? What happens when people move from rice to wheat areas? Talhelm will also outline a more detailed, generalizable version of theory. This version can help explain puzzles like, if northern China and Western Europe are wheat cultures, why are they still so different?
主讲人：Thomas Talhelm is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thomas has lived in China for five years as a Princeton in Asia fellow, as a freelance journalist in Beijing, and as a Fulbright scholar. He researches how rice farming gave southern China a very different culture from wheat-farming northern China. Thomas also founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that makes low-cost DIY air purifiers to help people in China protect themselves from air pollution. Thomas Talhelm 的研究兴趣包括文化对人类行为的影响。他最近的研究课题是大米和麦子种植与中国南北文化差异的关系，先后在《Science》，《Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin》，《Journal of Experimental Social Psychology》和《Current Directions in Psychological Science》等学术杂志上发表研究成果，其中2014年的论文是《Science》的封面文章。