Understand cultural transmission, promote integration!
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Understand cultural transmission, promote integration!

This study innovates by pointing out new directions for research, and by having the potential to improve initiatives to promote multiculturalism and refugee integration. Support...

This study innovates by pointing out new directions for research, and by having the potential to improve initiatives to promote multiculturalism and refugee integration. Support is required to pay the publication fee on Plos One.

Presentation video in Italian: https://youtu.be/MGSyve_dT-Q

Dear Curious,

I hereby ask for support for the publication of the scientific article “Examining acculturation in mixed-couples to test cultural transmission mechanisms”. I do so, not only because I do not have any institutional support to pay the publication fee, but also because I am convinced of the positive social impact that this article can produce, in response to current migratory flows. This is because this research work aims to reveal, by proposing quite innovative methodologies, which factors are responsible for adapting to a second culture. It was innovated, for example, by using a sample of mixed native-foreign couples to better understand the phenomenon in question. Now, studies like this one are essential to make the scientific community and civil society aware of the need to increase our efforts to create well-informed integration projects in Europe; to the need to shift our investments in refugee camps and (illegal) pushbacks to an effective effort to integrate. But let me tell you a little bit of the backstory:

Memories from Emiglia-Romagna, Bologna's regions, the city where I lived during the fieldwork.

I concluded my master's degree in 2019, with a thesis designed by me - which included data collection in Portugal, but above all fieldwork in Italy, at the time a central country in the so-called "refugee crisis", largely due to the landings in Lampedusa. This news at the time was one of the questions that made me want to do a study on multiculturalism. I myself had experienced my dose of xenophobia in England, where I was studying. So, in a way, I was able to stand on the side of the migrants and understand the effort and difficulty they had to face when arriving in Europe. And so, I asked myself: What factors are responsible for acculturation? And how can we facilitate this process? – however, I did not find satisfactory answers in the scientific literature I was delving into. For example, many studies focused on language mastery, claiming that this was the main catalyst for acculturation; but this aptitude is, in itself, part of the acculturation process, so there were clearly reformulations to be made here...

Memories from Pitigliano.

Another reason behind this idea was the fact that I myself am part of a multicultural relationship. So I was also sensitized about the dynamics experienced by such couples. On the one hand, there was the question “How can I help migrants adapt to our cultures?”, and on the other, “How the hell am I going to survive my relationship?!” – a very interesting combination! This is how I realized that mixed couples are a target population with unique properties for the study of cultural transmission, as it represents, as mentioned in the article: “the particular two-way process of cultural exchange (…) [with] asymmetrical inputs”. As a friend of mine said, I was in a perfect position, I was my own guinea pig!

And this was the story that made me embark for Italy, traveling from Turin (Piedmont) to Ravello (Campania); handing in the questionnaire in person whenever possible, in order to ensure the validity of the study and to gather relevant insights during my conversations with the participants, in all, 163! Therefore, this study also innovates because it goes against the common comfort of carrying out samples in students of the first year of Psychology. No, this is a sample that contains a generous slice of Human diversity! Furthermore, this face-to-face approach is of great importance, as it brings science closer to people's daily lives!

Two colleagues from the master, Héloïse (down), and Iulia, who made the linguistic review of the study.

About the author

Bernardo Guerra Machado:

He's been wandering around for 26 years, armed with very powerful eyebrows made in Portugal. Despite being unable to drink from glasses of champagne due to his plumpness, he managed to obtain a master's degree in Evolution and Human Behavior. Instead of truffles, he prefers to collect stories. He is interested in cultural diversity, and in Life in general (breathing, for example).

This article was made from my master's thesis. I am convinced that he will have many contributions to make to society and to research in the area of cultural transmission - please help me to keep the article online and available to everyone!

With Hermenegildo, in Canterbury, where we were both studying.

Budget and due dates

Publication fee: 1600€

PPL fees: €165


The fieldwork was done in 2019. The article was accepted in 2022. Publication was done on the 6th of April. The publication fees should be paid as soon as possible.

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Sat, 16/04/2022 - 20:36

First five backers

We've gathered the first 5 backers. Hurray!

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Meet the people helping this dream come true

  • Thuy-vy Nguyen

    17/05/2022 - 13:47

    Good luck! I saw this through Roger Giner-Sorolla's tweet in case you want to analyse your reach

  • Anonymous

    09/05/2022 - 08:33

    Round 2 - good luck

  • Anonymous

    08/05/2022 - 12:56

    O Vento sopra onde quer... Jo 3:8

  • Bibas Vasconcelos

    01/05/2022 - 20:42

    Boa Bernardo!

  • Stamatis Kapasakis

    30/04/2022 - 09:04

    Συγχαρητήρια για το υπέροχο άρθρο!

  • Mariana Bessa

    28/04/2022 - 23:22

  • Carlos Torres

    28/04/2022 - 11:55

    O teu mecenas.

  • Anonymous

    27/04/2022 - 02:34

    amo-te lindo

  • Maria Manuela Brito Bustorff Guerra

    24/04/2022 - 17:12

    Congratulations for the excelent paper

  • Anonymous

    23/04/2022 - 16:26

  • Anonymous

    23/04/2022 - 12:15

    Por uma boa causa!

  • Anonymous

    22/04/2022 - 22:28

  • Anonymous

    20/04/2022 - 17:15

  • Anonymous

    19/04/2022 - 23:10

    As melhoras, grande abraço!

  • Hannah Kuhn

    18/04/2022 - 22:32

    Muito boa sorte! Beijocas dos alemães

  • Iulia Costache

    17/04/2022 - 11:03

    Congrats, Bernie. I hope you reach your goal.

  • Raquel Ferrari Pina

    16/04/2022 - 20:36

    Bernardo!! Sempre a surpreender! aqui vai a minha pequena contribuição para o teu projeto :) Boa sorte!! Abreijos, Raquel

  • Henrique Silva Pereira

    16/04/2022 - 15:50

    Boa sorte mano!

  • Luís Pedro Q. Alves

    13/04/2022 - 21:23

    Mais uma vez, parabéns pela publicação! Muito sucesso!