States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Psychology

States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Psychology

by Alexander E. Voiskounsky
     
 

Political belief systems are, at heart, psychological theories of motivation, personality, mental health, education, and social interaction. In this volume, Diane Halpern and Alexander Voiskounsky take advantage of recent political events in the former Soviet Union which have created a unique opportunity to study the ways in which two major world powers have

Overview

Political belief systems are, at heart, psychological theories of motivation, personality, mental health, education, and social interaction. In this volume, Diane Halpern and Alexander Voiskounsky take advantage of recent political events in the former Soviet Union which have created a unique opportunity to study the ways in which two major world powers have defined contemporary psychological issues. Because access to Western literature in psychology was strictly controlled until 1991, much of Soviet psychology developed independently of Western ideas. Likewise, impediments in communication also prevented Western researchers and theorists from enhancing their work with Soviet perspectives. Although the political climate has changed enormously, barriers to the exchange of ideas still remain. States of Mind explores newly evolving areas of psychology that are particularly important at this time in history, and addresses these topics from both post-Soviet and American perspectives. Psychologists from both backgrounds present their personal views of their own areas of expertise to offer their counterparts a portion of the psychological landscape from a new vantage point.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"What a brilliant idea to bring under the cover of this book the results gained by Eastern (post-Soviet) and Western researchers on the same or close psychological problems. The authors are not competing with eachother, they are making a mutual breakthrough to meet the challenge for the benefit of world science and of each particular reader."—Victor A. Sadovnichy, Rector of Moscow State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103502
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/24/1997
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.25(d)

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California State University at San Bernardino

Moscow State University

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