States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Psychology / Edition 1

States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Psychology / Edition 1

by Diane F. Halpern, 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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103519
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Psychology in a Sociopolitical Context3
1The Psychosemantic Approach to Political Psychology: Mapping Russian Political Thought19
2Psychological Perspectives on International Conflict and Cooperation49
3Comprehension of Lies: A Russian View79
4Deception, Lying, and Demeanor93
5Russian Advertising in Search of Psychology109
6The Social Psychology of Mass Communications: An American Perspective126
7Alcoholism in America: Extent, Diagnosis, Etiology, Treatment, and Prevention169
8Alcoholism in Russia: The Enemy Within198
9Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Historical Context and Evolution215
10Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders as a Loss of the Meaning of Life238
11Gerontological Psychology: The Western Perspective253
12A Life-Span Approach to the Study of Psychogerontology in Russia272
13Strangers in the Homeland: Ethnopsychological Problems of Forced Immigrants in Russia291
14Changing Ethnic and National Identities in Estonia306
15Interethnic Intolerance in Post-Soviet Ukraine315
16Prejudice and Discrimination: Old Paradigms in New Models for Psychology325
17Ethnic Psychology in the United States342
18Environmental Psychology: Evolution and Current Status373
19Environmental and "Green" Psychology in the Former Soviet Union391
Conclusion: Two Faces of Psychology407
Index414

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