There are actually a couple of different meanings to this word (given in no particular order). The first definition here relates to the effects of groups or societies on people…” The modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with a different culture” or “ The process by which the culture of a particular society is instilled in a human from infancy onward.” Acculturation may also refer to a cognitive process that is similar to Piaget’s “assimilation”, as can be seen in this definition of acculturation: “the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure.”

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